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California mushroom production in decline

The volume of Agaricus mushrooms sold in California declined 14 percent in the commodity's most recent season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

SACRAMENTO — Add Agaricus mushrooms to the long list of California commodities that have seen declines as the state’s historic drought has lingered.

The volume of Agaricus mushrooms sold in California took a 14 percent dive in the commodity’s most recent season, according to a government report.

Producers turned out 102 million pounds of so-called “button” mushrooms in the 2013-2014 season, down from 118,098 pounds a year earlier and 121,354 pounds in 2011-2012, reports the National Agricultural Statistics Service office here.

The value of sales of California mushrooms has slid from $208.1 million two seasons ago to $189.6 million this season, according to NASS. However, the average price of $1.87 per pound is up 7 percent from last year, the agency notes.

California accounted for 12 percent of the Agaricus mushrooms produced nationwide this past season, as the total 882-million-pound U.S. crop was slightly larger than last year. The value of sales nationwide this season was $1.05 billion, up slightly from last year.

Agaricus bisporus is the most commonly grown mushroom in the United States, accounting for up to 90 percent of mushroom production, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.



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