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2012 Crop Report: Farm Gate Values Set All-Time Record

June 28, 2013

Good yields and favorable markets helped growers to post an overall record farm gate value for 2012, according to the 63rd annual Solano County Crop and Livestock Report released today.

 

“Healthy diet choices by American consumers and strong support for Solano crops in export markets benefited our growers,” said Agricultural Commissioner Jim Allan.

 

The gross value of Solano County’s agriculture production for 2012 was $342.7 million, a $51 million or 17.4 percent increase over the previous year. It is important to note that the crop report data only captures the farm gate values and does not calculate the full economic impact of agricultural in Solano County as those farm dollars are re-spent within the community.

 

Walnuts remained in the No. 1 spot on the list of top 10 crops in Solano County and Cattle and Calves moved into second.  Alfalfa held its position in the third spot. The fourth position nursery category rebounded slightly with strong sales of propagative stock such as grapevines showing the biggest increase. Almonds entered the top 10 in the number 9 slot and 31 of the county’s crops and commodities exceeded $1 million in value.

 

SOLANO COUNTY TOP 10 COMMODITIES IN 2012

 

2012 Dollar Value

2011 Dollar Value

% Change

2012 Ranking

2011 Ranking

Walnuts

$46,756,000

$36,597,400

28%

1

1

Cattle & Calves

$40,765,000

$22,030,700

85%

2

5

Alfalfa

$36,085,000

$33,183,100

9%

3

2

Nursery Products

$32,707,000

$23,630,200

38%

4

4

Tomatoes, Processing

$29,294,000

$24,326,500

20%

5

3

Grapes, Wine

$19,778,000

$10,418,800

90%

6

10

Sunflower, Seed

$14,164,000

$10,515,000

35%

7

9

Corn, Grain

$12,927,000

$12,881,900

0%

8

8

Almonds

$12,799,000

$8,975,500

43%

9

-

Wheat

$9,986,000

$14,399,900

-31%

10

7

 

The featured crop this year was walnuts. With new orchard plantings in the county still increasing and young orchards upping yields, total walnut tonnage is expected to grow. Walnut prices have increased due to demand by domestic and foreign consumers.

 

“I think the two graphs tell it all when it comes to walnuts” said Senior Agricultural Biologist Oliver Hardwick, the department lead on the annual statistical report, about the sharp increases in both acreage and gross of value of walnuts over the last decade.


 

“Solano Growers are perfectly positioned to support healthier eating habits, with their walnuts, almonds and olive oil,” said Simone Hardy Assistant Agricultural Commissioner.

 

The 2012 Solano County Crop and Livestock Report is available at www.solanocounty.com/ag.