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Watermelons

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Watermelon Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (cwt)

Production (cwt)

Value (cwt)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

30,000

34,000

33,000

37,000

37,000

250

210

250

230

225

7,500,000

7,140,000

8,250,000

8,510,000

8,325,000

$7.30

$7.00

$7.60

$6.80

$8.00

$54,750,000

$49,980,000

$62,700,000

$57,868,000

$66,600,000

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

1987-88

45,000

36,000

45,000

50,000

49,800

200

195

200

170

185

9,000,000

7,011,000

9,000,000

8,500,000

9,213,000

$7.35

$11.52

$7.15

$5.30

$6.79

$66,150,000

$80,767,000

$64,350,000

$45,050,000

$62,556,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

42,500

47,500

73,000

185

145

114

7,863,000

6,888,000

8,305,000

$5.92

$2.02

$1.40

$46,549,000

$13,914,760

$11,627,000

 



Leading Watermelon-Producing Counties --- 1996-97

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (cwt)

Production (cwt)

Estimated Value

Alachua

Hendry

Gilchrist

Levy

Collier

3,100

2,600

2,300

2,100

1,900

275

260

275

275

260

856,000

676,000

633,000

578,000

494,000

$6,223,000

$4,934,000

$4,617,000

$4,216,000

$3,606,000

Manatee

Suwannee

Sumter

Marion

Charlotte

2,000

1,700

1,300

1,000

1,100

240

275

240

275

240

480,000

468,000

312,000

275,000

264,000

$3,504,000

$2,730,000

$2,278,000

$2,008,000

$1,927,000

Lee

Columbia

Lafayette

Holmes

Dixie

1,000

800

700

1,200

700

240

275

275

145

240

240,000

220,000

192,500

174,000

168,000

$1,752,000

$1,606,000

$1,405,000

$1,270,000

$1,226,000

Jefferson

Washington

Jackson

Hardee

DeSoto

600

1,000

1,000

600

400

275

145

145

240

240

165,000

145,000

145,000

144,000

96,000

$1,205,000

$1,059,000

$1,058,000

$1,051,000

$701,000

CWT = 100 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Service



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