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County crop report shows upward agriculture trend 

Colusa County’s agriculture production continues to inch toward the $1 billion mark.

For the fourth time in history, the value of all local agriculture products exceeded $900 million in gross production, county agriculture officials said. 

Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, Anastacia Allen, presented the 2019 crop report, an analysis of the gross values of all agriculture commodities grown in the Colusa County last year, to the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 2.

The gross production value for Colusa County agriculture in 2019 was approximately $933 million, up from $908 million in 2018.

“We have a nice upward trend in crop value, here in our county, and we are a little above $25 million where we were last year,” Allen said

Almonds, rice, and walnuts continue to be the top three leading crops, in that order, although total almond production was down from the previous year, due to lower yield.

The total value of almonds was $303 million in 2019, down from $326 million, in 2018, although nearly 69,000 acres of almonds were harvested, up from 66,000 in 2018. The value of almonds also increased to $5,500 per ton in 2019, up from $4.497 per ton the year before, but far below all-time high of $7,191 per ton in 2015.

Almond harvest, however, produced a total of 55,002 tons, down from 72,457 tons in 2018.

The value of rice, Colusa County’s second leading crop, was up in 2019, coming in at $280.2 million, an increase from $234 million the previous year, despite a decrease in both acreage and yield. Rice values of $436 per ton, however, were up in 2019, from $360 in 2018.

English walnut production was significantly up, with a total value of about 85.7 million in 2019, up from $61 million in 2018, due to increase in value, from $1,378 per ton in 2018, to $2,100 per ton in 2019.

Tomatoes remained in the fourth position at $45.3 million, despite a drop from $49.2 million in 2018.

Almond pollination climbed to fifth position at $28.9 million, up from seventh in 2018, at $27.1 million.

Miscellaneous fruit and vegetable crops was the sixth leading value, up from eight last year, although the total values remained the same at $24 million.

Miscellaneous fruit and nut crops plunged to seventh position from fifth, with a drop from $30 million in total value in 2018 to $23 million in 2019.

The value of cattle and calves also declined, from $23.6 million in 2018, to $18 million in 2019, although it rose from ninth position to eighth position in value.

Displaced from the top 10 list this year were sunflowers and wine grapes, due to the advancement of seed crops.

For the first time, seed crops jumped into the list of leading farm commodities, with rice seed debuting as the ninth leading crop in the county, with a gross value of $17.3 million, up from $13.8 million in 2018. Miscellaneous non-certified seed crops, which include asparagus, cabbage, cantaloupe, grass and herb seeds, debuted in the 10th spot, with a value of $14.9 million.

More than 96,000 pounds of rice seed were grown in 2019 on 10,624 acres, up from 9,271 acres the year before. The total value of certified seed crops account for about $28.6 million in gross value, although sunflower and wheat seed dropped significantly from 2018.

The total value for all non-certified seed crops, which include cucumber, melon, and onion seed, totaled $27.5 million in gross value, up from $23 million the previous year.

The 2019 crop report, for the first time, includes graphs depicting commodity trends and crop value trends. It also has a full-page world map of leading export counties.

Colusa County exports commodities to approximately 70 countries, with rice largely going to the Unified Kingdom, Jam, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.

Almonds are largely exported to India.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Colusa County exports every single day to countries all over the world,” Allen said.

Colusa County’s 2019 crop report can be viewed on line at countyofcolusa.org ♣

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