According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, …
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sales of the 2005-06
Sales reported by growers of Agaricus mushrooms for fresh market are 701 million pounds, up 1 percent from last season. Sales of Agaricus mushrooms for processing are 129 million pounds, 9 percent below last season. Value of sales for all Agaricus mushrooms totaled 841 million dollars, down 2 percent from the previous season and 4 percent below 2003-04.
Agaricus mushroom sales totalled 830 million pounds, down 1 percent from both the 2004-05 and 2003-04 seasons.
The number of Agaricus growers in the
The growing area is 27.7 million square feet, down 4 percent from the previous season and 11 percent below 2003-04. Total fillings are 140 million square feet, down 2 percent from last season and 4 percent below 2003-04. Yields averaged 5.92 pounds per square foot, up 1 percent from last season.
Producers received an average return of $5.99 per square foot, down 4 cents from last season and 1 cent below the 2003-04 season.
Value of sales for commercially grown specialty mushrooms in 2005-06 is $41 million, down 13 percent from the 2004-05 season. The average price per pound received by growers, at $3.01, is down 8 cents from the previous season.
Sales of Shiitake mushrooms totalled 7.76 million pounds for the 2005-06 season, down 10 percent from the previous season. Price per pound received by growers, at $3.24, is down 1 cent from 2004-05. Sales volume of Oyster mushrooms, at 4.56 million pounds, is down 11 percent from the previous season. Price per pound received by growers, at $2.15, is down 20 cents from the previous season. Sales of exotic mushrooms, other than Shiitake or Oyster, are 1.19 million pounds, down 10 percent from last season. Price per pound received by growers, at $4.85, is down 5 cents from 2004-05.
Certified Organic Agaricus and Specialty Mushrooms
Growers sold 32.5 million pounds of mushrooms that were certified organic during the 2004-05 growing season, down 7 percent from 2004-05. Out of the 32.5 million pounds, 8.76 million pounds, or 27 percent of the total were sold as certified organic mushrooms, while the rest were sold without the certified organic label. This compares to 6.08 million pounds, or 17 percent sold as certified organic during the 2004-05 crop year.
Agaricus mushrooms accounted for 80 percent of the mushrooms sold as certified organic, while all specialty mushrooms made up the remainder. These certified organic sales represent 1 percent of the 2005-06 total mushroom sales. The number of certified organic mushroom growers totaled 33, down 2 from the previous season. These growers represent 11 percent of the 305 total mushroom producers.
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