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GLUT OF CABBAGE DRIVES PRICES DOWN

As much as 10 percent of the cabbages grown in New York have been left in the fields to rot this winter because of a crop glut.

By mid-November, upstate New York farmers had harvested 310 million pounds of "fresh-market" cabbage, the kind sold in grocery stores and chopped up for cole slaw. That's up from 244 million pounds in 1989 and the largest harvest since 1984, said John Shirley of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The glut has pushed prices to $1.50 to $1.75 for a 50-pound bag of cabbage, down from $3.25 to $3.50 last year.

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