ERS conducts market outlook for fresh and processed vegetables, potatoes, pulse crops (dry beans, dry peas, and lentils), mushrooms, herbs, and spices within the vegetables and specialties program area. To generate this information, ERS considers the development and implementation of agricultural and trade policies, effective domestic and foreign demand for vegetables and melons, weather, commodity and input prices, and general market conditions.
ERS disseminates vegetable and pulses market information through publications, data products, presentations, and this briefing room. The primary publication is Vegetables and Pulses Outlook. This quarterly report contains market analysis and data for vegetables (including potatoes and sweet potatoes), dry beans, dry peas, lentils, mushrooms, herbs, and spices. The fresh vegetable and processing vegetable sections feature developments in many of the major markets (e.g., tomatoes, lettuce, onions, sweet corn, etc.) covering production, trade, domestic consumption, and prices. Tabular data include acreage, production, crop value, monthly grower and retail price trends, quarterly trade volume, exports and imports by country, and per capita disappearance (consumption).
Vegetable and Pulses Data provides users with comprehensive statistics on fresh and processed vegetables and pulses in the United States, as well as global production and trade data for these sectors. To facilitate analyses of economic performance over time, and across domestic and foreign markets, this source harmonizes and integrates data from the ERS market outlook program with data collected by different Federal and international statistical agencies.