Annual Crop Report
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen has released the 2012 Crop Report; top crops produced, in gross values, are Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries, Head Lettuce, Broccoli, Nursery Stock, Wine Grapes, Celery, Grapes, and Spinach. Total gross value of crop production for 2012 is $4.14 billion, a new record for Monterey County growers and producers.
"This report is our yearly opportunity to recognize the growers, shippers, ranchers, and other businesses acillary to and supportive of Agriclture, which is the largest driver of Monterey County's economy," said Lauritzen.
The 2012 Monterey County Crop Report calculated total crop values of $4,134,597,000. Leaf Lettuce was the top crop with a total gross value of $794.2 million, superceeding strawberries which came in second at $784.7 million while posting a 10% increase over 2011 production. Third was head lettuce at $476.3 million. Lauritzen's report notes that combined lettuce, spring mix, spinach and salad products value exceeded $1.56 billion, reaffirming Monterey County's status as 'the Salad Bowl of the World.'
Wine grape production rebounded a huge 52% this year after two years of lower yields. Look for great 2012 vintage wines from our local winery corridor, named one of the top ten wine destinations in the world in January 2013.
View a schedule of crops grown and harvested in Monterey County by season.