Monterey County Farm Bureau

Annual Crop Report

2018 Monterey County Crop Report

Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales announced on June 25th that the 2018 Crop Report reflects a production value of $4.258 billion for Monterey County, a decrease of 3.7% from the prior year.  As stated by Commissioner Gonzales:

This report reflects a production value of $4,258,629,000 which is a decrease of 3.7% from 2017. It is important to note that the values represented in this report reflect gross value of agricultural commodities grown in Monterey County and not the costs associated with labor, field preparation, planting, irrigating, harvesting, distribution, and other production activities. As is always the case, we saw some crops increase in value while others decreased in value. The following are the major increases and decreases.

Leaf lettuce is our top crop with a value of $733,171,000. This represents an 11.6% decrease from 2017 and is largely attributed to a reduction in Romaine lettuce production. Outbreaks of E. Coliinfections resulting in Food Safety Alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention negatively impacted Romaine lettuce production. Strawberries came in as the 2nd most valuable crop at $698,510,000 with an increase of 1.9% or $12,752,000. The increase mostly resulted from improved pricing for strawberries slated for processing. Head lettuce was again the 3rd most valuable crop at $459,452,000, a decrease of 8.6%. The decrease in head lettuce production was due to decreases in production and pricing. Broccoli repeated its 4th place ranking with a 5.2% decrease to $388,946,000.

The Vegetable Crops category saw a decrease in value of $135,758,000 to $2,871,099,000. Fruits and Nuts category saw an increase of $9,784,000 to $1,043,856,000. Nursery Crops suffered a decrease of 21.2% or $52,000,000 due to decreases in acreage, production, and prices. Wine Grapes saw an increase of 3.7% or $8,866,000 to reach a total for red and white varietals of $247,758,000.

The above average rains contributed to increased production in several crops such as livestock, alfalfa, and pastureland. Field Crops increased in value by $2,073,000 to $23,748,000. Livestock and Poultry increased $9,184,000 to $110,598,000

This year, in addition to presenting our crop values, we are Celebrating Women in Agriculture and are featuring a collection of vignettes about some of the women that make Monterey County agriculture thrive.

Link to the full 2018 Crop Report here.

View the video Celebrating Women in Agriculture here.

If Monterey County were to be considered as a state, total production surpasses over twenty of the other states.  Production of 26 commodities exceeds the $14 million value mark, with 11 commodities exceeding $100 million.

Gonzales noted that Monterey County Ag production has exceeded $4 billion every year since 2012, demonstrating the diversity that is important to making our agricultural economy stable from year to year.. 

Monterey County's Top 12 Crops in 2018:

  1. Leaf Lettuce = $733,171,000
  2. Strawberries = $698,510,000
  3. Head Lettuce = $459,452,000
  4. Broccoli = $388,946,000
  5. Wine Grapes = $247,758,000
  6. Cauliflower = $209,292,000
  7. Misc. Vegetables = $205,285,000
  8. Nursery Stock = $204,289,000
  9. Celery = $145,400,000
  10. Spinach = $143,376,000

Note: all crop values are gross production amounts and do not represent profits on individual crops.

Monterey County is again the fourth highest Ag producing County in California, following Kern, Tulare, and Fresno Counties.

View a schedule of crops grown and harvested in Monterey County by season.

Ag Commissioner issues reports on local conservation efforts:

Water Conservation Principles (link)

Water Conservation at Bernardus Estate Vineyards (link)

Soil Conservation Principles (link)

Energy Conservation Principles (link)