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Pouring It On

Nitrate Contamination of Drinking Water

Table 13: Arizona's watermelon and lettuce growers use more nitrogen fertilizer per acre than producers of any other crop

February 1, 1996

Pouring It On: Table 13: Arizona's watermelon and lettuce growers use more nitrogen fertilizer per acre than producers of any other crop

State Crop (Pounds/Acre)
Arizona Watermelon 414
Arizona Lettuce 357
California Bell Peppers 320
California Celery 317
Arizona Cauliflower 315
Florida Tomatoes 311
Georgia Tomatoes 286
Florida Bell Peppers 284
Arizona Onions 269
Oregon Onions 268
Florida Cabbage 258
Arizona Broccoli 247
California Onions 247
California Carrots 234
Texas Cauliflower 234
Florida Tangerines 220
California Cauliflower 219
Wisconsin Cabbage 218
Washington Onions 218
California Lettuce 210
Georgia Cabbage 207
Arizona Honeydew Melons 206
Georgia Onions 204
Florida Oranges 204
California Broccoli 203
Washington Carrots 200
California Strawberries 199
Oregon Broccoli 193
California Tomatoes 193
Oregon Cauliflower 192
NewJersey Bell Peppers 190
NewYork Tomatoes 183
California Watermelon 175
Oregon Blueberries 174
Arizona Cantaloupes 170
New Jersey Cabbage 168
Florida Grapefruit 168
California Cabbage 162
California Spinach 159
California Peaches 156
New Jersey Spinach 155
North Carolina Cabbage 152
New Jersey Eggplant 152
Michigan Celery 151
California Grapefruit 151

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.