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Corn (Sweet)

Florida Farm Commodities



Sweet Corn Production and Value
 

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (crate)

Production (crate)

Value (crate)

Crop Value

1997-98

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

41,300

43,600

42,000

36,900

44,200

344

328

302

310

296

14,225,000

14,308,000

12,693,000

11,451,000

13,091,000

$7.51

$9.00

$7.84

$9.17

$8.35

$106,825,000

$128,762,000

$99,560,000

$104,958,000

$109,258,000

1992-93

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

42,400

50,100

48,200

51,300

48,400

266

243

249

275

236

11,274,000

12,181,000

11,982,000

14,094,000

11,426,000

$8.65

$6.38

$7.90

$6.35

$7.30

$97,540,000

$77,688,000

$94,695,000

$89,559,000

$83,380,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

51,800

57,900

39,000

215

174

179

11,157,000

10,047,000

6,993,000

$5.03

$3.16

$2.44

$56,138,000

$31,750,000

$17,063,000

 

Leading Sweet Corn-Producing Areas --- 1997-98

Area

Harvested Acres

Yield (crate)

Production (crate)

Estimated Value

Everglades

Central

S. East/S. West

North/West

22,300

8,700

6,750

3,100

312

335

316

315

6,950,000

2,918,000

2,134,000

978,000

$65,886,000

$18,617,000

$19,526,000

$5,418,000

Crate = 42 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service

Sweet Corn Facts Sweet Corn
  • Indian corn was cultivated in the two Americas from Canada to Patagonia long before Columbus reached the shores of the New World. The first written record of corn in North America is found in Icelandic sagas as early as 1006. Corn (maize) was bound closely to the Indian civilizations. Sweet corn was primarily a minor or local crop for fresh markets in the United States until after World War II.
  • Value of the 1997-98 sweet corn crop decreased by 17 percent after a record $128 million harvest in 1996-97.
  • Fresh sweet corn was Floridas sixth most valuable vegetable crop in 1997-98.
  • Most Florida commercial sweet corn is grown in the Everglades area of Palm Beach County, which accounted for nearly 50 percent of the states 1997-98 crop.


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