ATHENS, Ga. — In 2019, the Nation’s production for the 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops totaled 739 million cwt, 3 percent below 2018 for comparable crops and States. Area harvested in 2019 was 2.38 million acres, a 1 percent reduction from the previous year. In terms of total production, the three largest crops were tomatoes, onions, and sweet corn, which combined accounted for 50 percent of the all vegetables total. The value of utilized production for 2019 vegetable crops was $14.2 billion, up 12 percent from the previous year. Head lettuce, tomatoes, and onions claimed the highest values, accounting for 32 percent of the utilized value of production when combined.
Florida and Georgia ranked third and fourth, respectively, in value of utilized production nationally and accounted for 12.3 percent of the total value of utilized production. Value of utilized production in Florida totaled $1.22 billion, up 9 percent from last year. Tomatoes were the leading crop in Florida with a value of $426 million. Value of utilized production in Georgia totaled $518 million, up 14 percent from last year. Onions, with a value of $144 million, were the leading crop in Georgia.