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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
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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