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Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

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Specialty Crops – Vegetable Acres Up Sharply in Genesee County. 1,000 Acres 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Vegetable Acreage for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties: 1987 and 1997. 1987 1997 +41% +31% +104% Genesee Orleans Wyoming Vegetable acreage in Genesee County is up 8,000 acres in the last 10 years, mostly from an increase in snap beans, dry peas, beets, and cabbage. Although acreage of vegetable crops is up 41 percent in Genesee County since 1987, gross sales from vegetable crops are up 71 percent over this same period, suggesting that either productivity has increased or farmers are growing more high-value crops. Higher productivity may be tied to an additional 4,000 vegetable acres under irrigation since 1987. Source: U.S. Census of Agriculture. The percent change in vegetables acreage between 1997 and 1987 is shown on the chart. Agricultural Trends Profile for Genesee County, New York 24

Specialty Crops – A Few Crops Dominate Genesee County Vegetable Acreage. Sweet Corn 26% Proportion of Vegetable Acreage by Crop for Genesee County, 1997. Other 10% Snap Beans 26% Snap beans, sweet corn and green peas account for 70 percent of Genesee County’s 1997 vegetable acreage. However, as sweet corn has become less important (7 percent decline in acreage since 1987), farmers are growing more cabbage and beets. Beets 6% Green Peas 18% Onions 4% Cabbage 10% Source: U.S. Census of Agriculture. The proportion of each crop relative to total vegetable acreage is shown on the chart. Agricultural Trends Profile for Genesee County, New York 25

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