Snap bean processors intend to contract 14,300 acres for 2011, a decrease of 3% from last year, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office.
Contracted cucumbers for pickles acreage is expected to total 30,000 acres.
Tomatoes for processing intentions are expected to be 3,300 acres for the coming year.
Michigan's acreage for asparagus harvest, at 10,000 acres, is down 5% from 2010. Onion growers intend to plant 3,900 acres of summer storage onions in 2011, down 7% from last year.
Nationally, processors expect to contract 1.01 million acres of the five major processed vegetable crops for 2011, down 9% from last year.
Contracted acreage declines are forecast for all five major processed vegetable crops. Freezing firms expect to contract 301,720 acres, down 16% from last year. Canneries contracted for 705,350 acres, down 7% from 2010. Acreage for snap beans, sweet corn, cucumbers for pickles, and green peas is down 17%, 10%, 1%, and 18%, respectively, from last year. Tomatoes for processing are down slightly from a year ago.
At the U.S. level, asparagus area for spring harvest is forecast at 28,000 acres, unchanged from last year. Strawberry area for harvest is forecast at 49,800 acres, up 1% from a year ago.