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Strawberries

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Strawberry Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (flat)

Production (flat)

Value (flat)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

6,100

6,000

6,000

5,800

5,800

2,417

2,167

2,333

2,417

2,333

14,742,000

13,000,000

14,000,000

14,017,000

13,533,000

$9.91

$8.66

$8.47

$7.24

$8.96

$146,119,000

$112,632,000

$118,608,000

$101,425,000

$121,313,000

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

1987-88

5,400

5,500

5,300

5,300

5,000

2,500

2,000

1,833

2,167

2,083

13,500,000

11,000,000

9,717,000

11,483,000

10,417,000

$8.06

$7.72

$7.75

$8.03

$7.09

$108,810,000

$84,876,000

$75,324,000

$92,188,000

$73,875,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

2,500

1,800

1,400

1,583

667

425

3,958,000

1,200,000

595,000

$7.06

$3.48

$4.58

$27,930,000

$4,176,000

$2,725,000




Leading Strawberry-Producing Acres --- 1996-97

Crop

Harvested Acres

Yield (flat)

Production (flat)

Estimated Value

Hillsborough and Manatee

5,400

2,435

13,149,000

$130,307,000

Broward and Dade

200

2,300

460,000

$4,559,000

Flat = 12 1-pound pints
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Strawberry Facts
  • The strawberry was born in North and South America, traveled to Europe and finally returned in a very different form. A French officer, M. Frezier, took back to France five live strawberry plants from Chile in 1714. Plants of the meadow strawberry of eastern North America had already been taken to Europe, and from crosses of these two forms, the modern strawberry was developed. In the United States, the commercial development of strawberries has come principally since the Civil War, and most of todays varieties originated within the last 60 years.
  • Florida is the nations No. 2 producer of fresh strawberries, accounting for 14.6 percent of the U.S. fresh crop in 1996-97.


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