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Florida Farm Commodities
Beans (Snap)

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Snap Bean Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (bushel)

Production (bushel)

Value (bushel)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

1991-92

28,700

25,300

31,600

25,500

27,200

29,450

138

195

170

174

174

192

3,950,000

4,923,000

5,367,000

4,438,000

4,746,000

5,653,000

$14.51

$16.17

$12.07

$12.63

$14.85

$12.97

$57,315,000

$79,605,000

$64,780,000

$56,041,000

$70,466,000

$73,319,000

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

1987-88

1986-87

20,950

19,700

25,000

29,400

34,000

179

188

138

150

127

3,729,000

3,707,000

3,568,000

4,419,000

4,321,000

$13.54

$11.05

$14.85

$12.20

$11.46

$50,495,000

$40,984,000

$52,977,000

$53,897,000

$49,536,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

54,300

25,100

12,200

94

91

65

4,112,000

2,282,000

78,000

$8.11

$4.96

$1.87

$36,651,000

$11,336,000

$146,328



Leading Snap Bean-Producing Counties --- 1995-96

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (bushel)

Production (bushel)

Estimated Value
Dade

Alachua

15,000

900

139

118

2,085,000

106,200

$30,253,000

$1,541,000

Bushel = 30 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Snap Bean Facts
  • Before the discovery of America, the Old World was familiar with many types of beans, but not with the "common bean". Snap beans are believed to have originated in Central America and were distributed widely over both Americas by the Indians. Soon after their discovery, they were introduced into Europe and Asia and quickly became popular. They were mentioned in Europe about 1542. It has only been during the last 100 years, however, that truly stringless snap beans, as we know them today, were developed.
  • Dade County is the states fresh snap bean capital, producing nearly 53 percent of Floridas crop in 1996-97.
  • Florida produces 100 percent of the U.S. - grown fresh snap beans during the months of January, February and March.


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