Annual Crop Report
2013 Monterey County Crop Report
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen has released the 2013 Crop Report; top crops produced, in gross values, are Strawberries, Leaf and Head Lettuce, Broccoli, Nursery Stock, Wine Grapes, Celery, Cauliflower, and Spinach. Total gross value of crop production for 2013 is $4.38 billion, a new record for Monterey County growers and producers and an increase of 9% over 2012 production.
"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 2013 Monterey County Crop Report calculated total crop values of $4,379,722,000. Strawberries regained the top crop position with a total gross value of $869.5 million posting a 11% increase year over year, superceeding leaf lettuce which came in second at $659.7 million. Third was head lettuce at $550.6 million. Lauritzen's report notes that combined lettuce, spring mix, spinach and salad products value exceeded $1.52 billion, reaffirming Monterey County's status as 'the Salad Bowl of the World.'
Wine grape production continued their increase this year, posting a total production value of $226.9 million. Look for great 2013 vintage wines from our local winery corridor, named one of the top ten wine destinations in the world in January 2013. Leading varietals are Chardonnay, Pino Noir, and Merlot.
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)