Vegetable - Melon Estimates Down and Ukraine Grain-Oilseed Harvest Down
**In 2022, the Nation’s production for the 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops was down 2% from 2021.
www.morningagclips.com reports, the three largest crops, tomatoes, onions, and sweet corn, accounted for 53% of all vegetables.
Florida tomato production totaled 756 million pounds, up 9%, while value, at $323 million, was down slightly.
Onion production in Georgia totaled 274 million pounds, down 9%, while value was up 30% at $171 million.
**A new partnership was formed at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Winter Policy Conference.
NASDA, the USDA, the National Pork Board, and the National Pork Producers Council are working together to enhance coordination and preparedness to prevent and protect the United States from African swine fever.
NASDA CEO Ted McKinney says, this collaboration will lead to better response to outbreaks and better animal health and welfare across the country.
**Ukraine's grain and oilseed crop harvest is set to fall to 64.8 million tons this year from 72.7 million tons last year, Ukrainian grain traders union UGA said on Friday.
The traders tell www.agriculture.com , the grain harvest could include 17.4 million tons of wheat and 21.1 million tons of corn.
Wheat exports could be 14 million tons and corn exports could be 20 million tons in the 2023 and 2024 marketing season.