Grapes from Rotational Survey Summarized

Berrien and VanBuren counties have most grape farms.

Results from the 2006 Michigan Fruit Survey have been compiled for grapes. This inventory of commercial fruit farms was conducted by the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. There were 450 grape farms at the end of the 2006 season.

There were 14,600 acres of grapes at the conclusion of 2006, up 200 acres since 2003. There were 480 acres of grapes planted from 2004 to 2006. The top two counties in grape acres, Berrien and Van Buren, accounted for 86% of all acres. There were 850 acres of grapes in the northwest, nearly double the area a decade earlier.

The two most common varieties, which are used mainly for juice, were Concords and Niagaras. They were 88% of the total acres. The area in Vinifera grape vineyards rose to 1,100 acres, up from 840 acres three years earlier.

All tables on grapes are available through the NASS home page at www.nass.usda.gov. Select Michigan under Statistics by State to access the Michigan internet page. In the list of Michigan Publications, choose Michigan Rotational Surveys to find the Fruit Inventory 2006-2007 information.

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