CHARLESTON — In 2011, total peach production was 5,700 tons, up 400 tons from 2010. Utilized production totaled 5,500 tons, an increase of 500 tons from 2010. Value of utilized production totaled $4.69 million, an increase of 1 percent from 2010. Bearing acres were estimated at 950, unchanged from 2010, with an average yield of 6 tons per acre, up 0.42 tons from 2010. The average price received per ton was estimated at $852. This was a decrease of $73 from 2010. Based on utilized production, West Virginia ranks 13th in the nation for peach production.
Total apple production for 2011 was estimated at 67.0 million pounds (1.60 million, 42 lb. bushels), up 5 percent, or 3 million pounds from 2010. Utilized production totaled 65.0 million pounds, up 4 million pounds from 2010. Apples for fresh market totaled 19.0 million pounds, up 5.0 million pounds from 2010. Apples for processing accounted for 46.0 million pounds of the 2011 crop. This is 1 million pounds less than the 2010 crop.
The average price received for 2011 apples was 17.5 cents per pound, up 3.1 cents from the 2010 price. Total value of utilized production was $11.4 million for the crop, up $2.6 million from the 2010 value. Fresh market apples brought 36.5 cents per pound in 2011, up 4.6 cents from 2010. Processed apples sold for $193 per ton, $9 more than the 2010 price per ton.
The number of bearing acres of apples totaled 4,900 acres in 2011, unchanged from 2010. The yield per acre was 13,700 pounds, 600 pounds more than in 2010. The yield was based on total production, which includes unharvested production and fruit harvested but not sold due to marketing conditions. Based on utilized production, West Virginia ranks 9th in the nation for apple production.
The U.S. peach production in 2011 was estimated at 1.07 million tons, down 7 percent from the 2010 estimate of 1.15 million tons. Of this production, 1.04 million tons were utilized, down 8 percent from 2010. Value of utilized production totaled $588.3 million, down 5 percent from the revised 2010 total. The average price received for peaches was $564 per ton, up $17 per ton from the revised 2010 price.
Total apple production for 2011 totaled 9.42 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the revised 2010 total. Utilized apple production totaled 9.31 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the revised 2010 level. Value of utilized production totaled $2.72 billion, up 17 percent from the 2010 revised total. Price per pound averaged 29.2 cents, up 4 cents from the revised 2010 price of 25.2 cents. A total of 6.3 billion pounds were sold for fresh market, down slightly from the 2010 number. There were 3.04 billion pounds for processing, up 4 percent from the revised 2010 number.