August 10, 2014

County will release 2013 crop report

The 2013 crop report for Stanislaus County will be released at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Stanislaus County on Tuesday morning will release its crop report for 2013, which has a strong chance of setting yet another record.

Agricultural Commissioner Milton O’Haire will present the report to the county Board of Supervisors. The numbers still are under wraps, but a few signs point to a gain over the record $3.28 billion in gross income in 2012.

Prices improved last year for milk, the county’s top-grossing farm product, and for almonds and walnuts, the largest tree crops. Peaches and tomatoes also had higher prices, and alfalfa and other feed crops were in great demand.

The report will likely show effects of the drought, now in its third year, especially for beef cattle that rely on rain-fed grasses. But the worst of the dry conditions have happened in 2014, and those numbers will not be reported for another year.

The reports do not tally production costs, or the profit left after these costs are deducted from the gross. But they do show every year that plenty of money flows into the county from consumers around the world, employing tens of thousands of people in processing, farm services and other businesses.

Tuesday’s release will be accompanied by displays and samples of some of the products, said Corrin Macedo, programs director at the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. Also taking part are the University of California Cooperative Extension, the Almond Board of California and the California Milk Advisory Board

Fresno County has led the state in gross farm income for almost all of the past 60 years, but Tulare County jumped ahead with its 2013 report. It brought in $7.81 billion, thanks largely to milk, nut and fruit prices. Fresno reported $6.44 billion.

Kern County, which was No. 3 in 2012 at $6.21 billion, has not released its 2013 report. Monterey County, which was No. 4 in 2012, reported $4.38 billion for last year.

Merced County has not reported for 2013. It was No. 5 in 2012, but its edge over No. 6 Stanislaus was exceedingly thin – $3,280,206,000 to $3,277,843,000.

San Joaquin County was No. 7 in 2012 at $2.87 billion. It has not issued a 2013 report.

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