County Ag Commissioner releases 2017 crop report

The gross production value for Colusa County agriculture was just under $883.6 million in 2017, up by about $92 million from 2016, according to the annual crop report released by the Colusa County Department of Agriculture.

County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures Greg Hinton presented the Board of Supervisors with the report during last week’s regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting.

The gross production value for 2017 was the third-highest total in the past 10 years, behind 2013 ($920.1 million) and 2015 ($901.8 million). The top five crops in the county for 2017 remained the same as last year, and accounted for 77 percent of the total gross value of commodities in Colusa County, Hinton said.

The county’s fruit and nut crops accounted for just under $443 million of the county’s overall gross agricultural production value. Almonds were once again the county’s top crop, with a gross value of $307.2 million, up form $301.2 million in 2016. While the value per unit for almonds was down in 2017, Colusa County growers harvested an additional 4,000 acres of almonds this year, and production per acre was also slightly higher than 2016, resulting in the greater overall gross value.

With a gross value just under $83.8 million, walnuts were the county’s third most valuable crop. In addition to the value per unit rising nearly 28 percent from 2016 to 2017, acres harvested and production also rose, which resulted in the gross value of the county’s walnut crop going up by $21.7 million, or about 34 percent.

Rice came in behind almonds with a gross value of $211.1 million, up $14.1 million from 2016. Acres harvested and production per acre were both down slightly, but the value per unit increased by about 10 percent from 2016 to 2017, which Hinton attributed to higher demand.

Processing tomatoes were the county’s fourth ranked crop, with a gross value of $51.3 million in 2017 – down from $59.7 million in 2016. Acres harvested and production per acre were both down for tomatoes, as rain and flooding earlier in the year delayed or prevented planting of some fields, Hinton said.

Miscellaneous fruit and nut crops – which includes apples, apricots, Asian pears, bare root and nursery stock, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, pecans, persimmons, pistachios, pluots, plums, and pomegranates – were ranked fifth in Colusa County, with a gross value of $28.6 million.

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