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Table 12: Nitrogen fertilizer is applied heavily to many fruits and vegetables

Pouring It On: Table 12: Nitrogen fertilizer is applied heavily to many fruits and vegetables

February 1, 1996
Crop Application Rate (Pounds/Acre)
Tomatoes, Fresh 264
Lettuce, Head 262
Celery 240
Peppers, Bell 239
Cauliflower 230
Lemons 209
Broccoli 206
Avocadoes 198
Tangerines 197
Oranges 193
Onions,Dry 186
Carrots 182
Cabbage 167
Grapefruit 166
Spinach 149
Apricots 127
Peaches 121
Watermelon 120
Nectarines 118
Plums 113
Cantaloupes 104
Asparagus 100
Pears 97
Prunes 95
Raspberries 92
Sweet Cherries 90
Beans, Snap 85
Honeydew Melons 83
Blueberries 77
Blackberries 70
Grapes 61
Apples 56

Source: USDA, 1995. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Agricultural Chemical Usage: Vegetables, 1994 Summary; USDA 1994. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Agricultural Chemical Usage. Fruit 1993 Summary.