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Overview

California ranks first in the nation in fig production, accounting for nearly 98 percent of all figs produced. The California fig industry, consisting of both fresh fruit and processed fruit, produced 38,700 tons of figs in 2012. Of that amount, 34,700 tons, or 90 percent, were processed.  (NASS 2013)  November 2013 ...  Figs


Marketing

Production

  • Evaluating Quality Attributes of Four Fresh Fig (Ficus carica L.) Cultivars Harvested at Two Maturity Stages. By C.H. Crisosto, V. Bremer, L. Ferguson and G.M. Crisosto, HortScience 45(4):707–710, 2010 - The authors report on research related to quality attributes of four fresh fig cultivars, including consumer acceptance and antioxidant capacity of each fig variety.
  • Figs – 2010 Fruit and Nut Planning Budgets, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, 2010.
  • Figs for Commercial and Home Production in Louisiana. Revised by J. Pyzner, Louisiana State University Ag Center, Louisiana State University, 2010 - Figs are commonly grown in all areas of Louisiana. All fig varieties discussed in this publication produce a main crop. Learn cultural practices and fertilization, disease and insect control, and how to handle and process your fruit.
  • The Fig: Overview of an Ancient Fruit. By E. Stover, M. Aradhya, L. Ferguson and C.H. Crisosto, HortScience 42(5):1083-1087, 2007 - A comprehensive overview of the fig, including worldwide fig production, fig tree characteristics and propagation methods, pests and diseases, and future production and market outlooks.
  • Florida Plant Disease Management Guide: Fig (Ficus carica). By A.J. Palmateer, T.L.B. Tarnowski and P.D. Roberts. Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, rev 2010.
  • Fruit and Tree Nuts Yearbook dataset, ERS, USDA.
  • How to Manage Pests – Figs, Integrated Pest Management guidelines, University of California, Davis - The UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines (PMGs) are authored primarily by UC scientists. Once published, they are updated annually as needed to keep pesticides and other management information current. This site contains links to fig diseases, such as Fig Endosepsis and Fig Mosiac, and to insect pests, such as Fig Mite, Fig Beetle and Fig Scale, as well as links to current research projects.
  • Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts, National Ag Statistics Service, USDA - Provides such stats as dried fig production in California, average price for dried and fresh figs and domestic consumption.

Business/Case Studies

  • The Happy Berry, Six Mile, South Carolina – The Miller family purchased the 13-acre farm in 1979 and have blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes and figs available for pre-pick or you-pick customers. The family shares their “Environmental Management System” on this website, offering detailed descriptions of their operation, goals, production experiences and marketing avenues that are very insightful.
  • Love Creek Orchards, Medina, Texas – The Adams family originally purchased this 2,000-acre ranch  in the Texas Hill Country with the intention of raising cattle. In the interest of land stewardship, the family instead planted 100 dwarf apple trees and became the pioneers of the Texas apple industry. The family has added many other fruit trees and plants, including figs, which are available as both you-pick and on-farm retail sales.
  • Valley Fig Growers, Fresno, California - This cooperative began in 1959 and is now the largest fig handler in the United States. With 20 grower members, approximately half of the dried figs harvested in California go to market through Valley Fig Growers.

Links checked September 2013.

 

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