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The most important trend in the colorado onion crop

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Unformatted text preview: rices have not increased sufficiently in the past decade to offset lower production with respect to total grower cash receipts. Total cash receipts for onions in 2010 were $42 million, with similar expectations for 2011 and 2012. Fruit crop production was damaged by a late spring frost on the Western Slope that particularly harmed cherries and apples, but also reduced the output of peaches and pears, as well as grapes. Tree fruit growers in Colorado have continued to increase peach orchard planting at the expense of apples in the past several years, and 2011 may have seen an acceleration in that trend. During the first half of the 1990s, the value contributed by apples to the Colorado fruit sector was regularly greater than peaches. By the late 1990s, peaches had overtaken apples in total value, and the value of peaches now averages about 75% of the total value of the Colorado tree fruit crop annually. Given the popularity of Colorado peaches, the 2012 cash receipts for the fruit sector will be carried by peach production and are...
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