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Strawberry Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (flat)

Production (flat)

Value (flat)

Crop Value

1997-98

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

6,200

6,100

6,000

6,000

5,800

2,167

2,417

2,167

2,333

2,417

13,433,000

14,742,000

13,000,000

14,000,000

14,017,000

$12.00

$9.91

$8.66

$8.47

$7.24

$161,200,000

$146,119,000

$112,632,000

$118,608,000

$101,425,000

1992-93

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

5,800

5,400

5,500

5,300

5,300

2,333

2,500

2,000

1,833

2,167

13,533,000

13,500,000

11,000,000

9,717,000

11,483,000

$8.96

$8.06

$7.72

$7.75

$8.03

$121,313,000

$108,810,000

$84,876,000

$75,324,000

$92,188,000

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 --- 1997-98

Crop

Harvested Acres

Yield (flat)

Production (flat)

Estimated Value

Hillsborough and Manatee

5,500

2,168

11,924,000

$143,207,000

Broward and Dade

200

2,200

440,000

$4,857,000

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

Strawberry Facts Strawberry
  • 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 nearly 15 percent of the U.S. fresh crop in 1997-98.


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