2016-2017 Mushroom Crop Report Released

Released August 21, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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All Mushroom Value of Sales at $1.22 Billion

Volume of sales of the 2016-2017 United States mushroom crop totaled 929 million pounds, down 2 percent from last season’s revised number. Value of sales for the 2016-2017 United States mushroom crop is $1.22 billion, up 3 percent from the previous season. The number of growers, at 312, is down 35 from last season. The reported average price is $1.32 per pound, up 6 cents from the previous year’s price.

Agaricus Mushrooms

Agaricus mushroom volume of sales totaled 903 million pounds, down 2 percent from the 2015-2016 season. Pennsylvania accounted for 64 percent of the total volume of sales and second-ranked California contributed 11 percent. The value of the Agaricus crop was estimated at $1.13 billion dollars, up 2 percent from a year ago. Brown mushrooms, including Portabello and Crimini varieties, accounted for 167 million pounds, up 1 percent from last season. Brown mushrooms accounted for 18 percent of the total Agaricus volume sold and 23 percent of the total Agaricus value.

The total number of Agaricus growers in the United States, at 96, was down 4 from last season’s revised estimate. Growers with sales exceeding 10 million pounds accounted for 76 percent of United States Agaricus sales, or 686 million pounds.

United States fresh market sales of Agaricus mushrooms totaled 812 million pounds, down 1 percent from the previous season, while processed sales, at 90.7 million pounds, decreased 4 percent from the previous season. Growers reported United States fresh market production made up 90 percent of total sales volume, while processed production represented the remaining 10 percent. Grower total filling intentions for the 2017-2018 crop are 137 million square feet, down slightly from the total fillings in the 2016-2017 season.

The 50 growers of Agaricus mushrooms in Chester County, Pennsylvania produced 405 million pounds, an increase of 12 percent compared with the revised 2015-2016 growing season. This production was valued at 391 million dollars, up 10 percent from the previous season. The growing area in Chester County was 12.6 million square feet, up 3 percent from last season. Total fillings were 59.7 million square feet, up 6 percent from the 2015-2016 growing season.

Specialty Mushrooms – Shiitake, Oyster, and all Other Exotics

Value of sales for commercially grown specialty mushrooms in 2016-2017 totaled $96.2 million, up 4 percent from the 2015-2016 season. A specialty grower is defined as having at least 200 natural wood logs in production or some commercial indoor growing area, and $200 or more in sales. The average price received by growers, at $3.78 per pound was down 1 cent from the previous season.

Certified Organic Agaricus and Specialty Mushrooms

Growers produced 109 million pounds of mushrooms that were certified organic during the 2016-2017 growing season, 20 percent above 2015-2016. Sixty-seven percent of the total, or 73.5 million pounds, were sold as certified organic mushrooms. This is up 21 percentage points from the 2015-2016 crop year. Agaricus mushrooms accounted for 84 percent of the mushrooms sold as certified organic, while all specialty mushrooms made up the remainder. The total certified organic sales of all mushrooms represent 8 percent of the 2016-2017 total mushroom sales. The number of certified organic mushroom growers totaled 73, up 5 growers from the previous season. These growers represent 23 percent of the 312 total mushroom producers.