Monterey County Farm Bureau

Annual Crop Report

2015 Monterey County Crop Report

Monterey County Agriculture set another all-time record with crop production values of $4.84 billion, announced by Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen on June 28, 2016.

"This unparalleled lever of success reflects a healthy diversity of high-value crops in our county, as well as the dedicated efforts of our agricutlural industry to grow and market high-quality food to the nation and the world," commented Lauritzen.

Gross crop values rose $348 million, or 7.75%, from the prior year.  Again this year, the top crop is leaf lettuce which increased by 12% attributed to better market pricing.  Strawberries, the second place crop, increased 21% in value based on increased acreage and higher production.

Other crops showing increases in value and production include culiflower, broccoli and nursery stock.

If Monterey County were to be considered as a state, total production surpasses over half of the other states.  Production of 26 commodities exceeds the $13 million value mark, with 10 commodities exceeding $100 million.

Lauritzen noted that Monterey County Ag production has exceeded $4 billion every year since 2012.  "That in itself is an amazing accomplishment, and it speaks to the vitality of our Ag industry," said Lauritzen.  "But it also demonstrates the diversity and important contribution Agriculture makes to our economy and community."

To acknowledge the importance of local farmers markets, this year's report profiles five individuals who personify the Agriculture industry through their farmers market participation.  Videos of each of the profiled individuals are available on the Ag Commissioner's website, where the entire crop report can be viewed electronically.

Wine grape production decreased this year, posting a total production value of $185.9 million in largely a corrective year.  Oragnic production in Monterey County increased to over 66,000 acres with a gross value of $335 million.

Monterey County's Top 10 Crops in 2015:

  1. Leaf Lettuce = $869,447,000
  2. Strawberries = $861,438,000
  3. Head Lettuce = $637,104,000
  4. Broccoli = $423,006,000
  5. Nursery Stock = $313,689,000
  6. Cauliflower = $238,004,000
  7. Celery = $225,789,000
  8. Wine Grapes = 185,925,000
  9. Misc. Vegetables = $150,389,000
  10. Spinach = $141,856,000

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 Tulare, Kern, 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)