Grapes and pecans gain ground

Grapes and pecans gain ground

Arkansas apple acreage has declined but acreage for the state’s grapes and pecans has risen in the past five years.

The Census of Agriculture reveals that non-citrus fruit bearing acreage totaled 1,542 acres in 2017, up 8% from 1,429 acres in 2012 but off 33% from 2007.

Bearing and non-bearing acres of apples totaled 283 acres in 2017, off 4% from 296 in 2012 and sharply down from 1,048 acres in 1997. 

Bearing and non-bearing acreage of grapes totaled 956 acres in 2017, up 4% from 2012 and 28% higher than 2007.

For peaches, the 2017 Census of Agriculture reported 669 acres in 2017, down 1% from 2012 and off a whopping 75% from 2,816 acres in 1997.

Cultivation of pecans is expanding in Arkansas, according to the Census of Agriculture. For 2017, bearing and non-bearing acreage of pecans reached 15,736 acres, up 36% from 11,591 acres in 2012 and 71% higher than 9,185 acres in 1997.

Blackberry acreage in Arkansas was reported at 501 acres in 2017, up 4% from 480 acres in 2012. Blueberry acreage in 2017 totaled 356 acres in 2017; no comparisons were available for previous years. 

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