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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)

Sheridan, Eugene T.
Peat,   pp. 897-904 PDF (828.0 KB)


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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1972 
DOMESTIC PRODUCTION 
 The 5% decrease in production in 1972 resulted principally from a smaller
output of moss peat and humus. This loss was partially offset by a 5% increase
in reedsedge production. - 
 Twenty-two States produced peat in 1972 compared with 24 States in 1971.
Michigan 
remained the largest producer with 36% of the Nation's output. Illinois,
Florida, New Jersey, Colorado, California, and Indiana followed in output
in the order named. These States, with Michigan, provided nearly four-fifths
of the total production. 
Table 1.—Salient peat statistics 
 1969 1970 1971 
1972 
United States: 
 Number of operations  128 122 120 Production short tons_ 572,122 516,825
605,382 Commercial sales do - -  565,760 525,603 599,548 Value of sales thousand&_
$7,055 $5,986 $7,011  Average per tOn  $12.47 $11.39 $11 .69 Imports short
tons_ 299,997 283,211 296,283 Available for consumption' do._ 865,757 808,814
895,831 
World: Production thousand short tons - r 89,431 92,026 89,610 
103 
576,712 
606,679 
$7,112 
$11 .72 
310,491 
917,169 
89,338 
' Revised. 
' Commercial sales plus imports. 
Table 2.—Peat produced in the United States in 1972, by kind 
(Short tons) 
 Processed 
 UnpreKind pared Kiln-dried Shredded         Shredded only and  kiln-dried
Total 
Moss 56,539 79,191 1,075 2,468Reed-sedge 105,235 219,345  --Humus 15,123
95,561 1,775 400 
139,273 
324,580 
112,859 
Total 176,897 394,097 2,850 2,868 
576,712 
Table 3.—Production and commercial sales of peat in the United States
in 1972, by State 
 Commercial sales 
State Active Production      Value plants (short tons) Short   tons Total
Average 
 (thousands) per ton 
California 3 29,233 29,233 $620 $21.20Colorado 10 38,528 38,528 210 5.44Florida
8 45,424 45,424 362 7.97Georgia 2 W W W WIllinois 5 69,523 74,003 935 12.64Indiana
9 24,413 45,321 478 10.54Iowa 2 W W W WMaine 4 3,013 2,083 99 47.60Maryland
1 2,653 2,653 29 11.03Massachusetts 1 W W W WMichigan 19 208,691 219,251
2,190 9.99Minnesota 3 W W W WMontana 1 750 750 W WNewjersey 4 W W W WNew
Mexico 1 2,436 2,436 46 18.96NewYork 5 14,984 14,507 200 13.81Ohio~.. 7 3,902
3,902 67 17.10Pennsylvania 9 23,136 22,416 320 14.30SouthCarolina 1 14,500
11,200 W WVermont 1 95 95 1 14.74Washington 6 18,035 18,035 89 4.93Wisconsin
1 1,815 1,815 179 98.80 
 Total 103 576,712 606,679 7,112 11.72 
W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confidential data; included
in total. 


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