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Snap Bean Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (bushel)

Production (bushel)

Value (bushel)

Crop Value

1997-98

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

33,700

30,300

25,300

31,600

25,500

215

138

195

170

174

7,234,000

4,176,000

4,923,000

5,367,000

4,438,000

$17.66

$14.71

$16.17

$12.07

$12.63

$127,780,000

$61,411,000

$79,605,000

$64,780,000

$56,041,000

1992-93

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

27,200

29,450

20,950

19,700

25,000

174

192

179

188

138

4,746,000

5,653,000

3,729,000 3,707,000

3,568,000

$14.85

$12.97

$13.54

$11.05

$14.85

$70,466,000

$73,319,000

$50,495,000

$40,984,000

$52,977,000

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 --- 1997-98
County

Harvested Acres

Yield (bushel)

Production (bushel)

Estimated Value

Dade

Palm Beach

Alachua

18,500

4,000

2,200

225

225

170

4,162,00

900,000

374,000

$89,077,000

$15,894,000

$5,430,000

Bushel = 30 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service


Snap Bean Facts
Beans
  • 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 57 percent of Floridas crop in 1997-98
  • Florida produces 100 percent of the U.S. - grown fresh snap beans during the months of January, February and March.


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