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Almond crop fetches $134.3 million in 2009
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The 47,800 acres in San Joaquin County planted in almonds primarily surrounding Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon yielded 47,300 tons of the nuts in 2009.

That figures out to .99 ton per acre.

The overall value of the crop as well as tonnage was down from 2008 when growers received $3,000 per ton on the yield from 47,500 acres. The 2009 almond crop dollar value came in at $134,332,000 compared to $175,200,000 in 2008.

Almond hulls fetched $104 a ton in 2009 compared to $135 in the previous year. Hulls generated $11,066,000 in 2009 and $17,739,000 in 2008.

The statistics are part of the 2009 crop report issued by the San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner’s office. Countywide ag production came in at $2,000,474,000 in 2009. That represents a 6.49 percent drop from the all-time high of $2,119,725,000 in 2008.

The one crop that is synonymous with Manteca - pumpkins - enjoyed an increase in tonnage and prices paid for the harvest.

There were 3,480 acres of pumpkins harvested in 2009 with 55,000 tons shipped at $285 per ton to generate $15,675,000. That compares to 2008 when 3,110 acres yielded 45,400 tons at $240 per ton for $10,896,000.

Fields surrounding Manteca yield more than 70 percent of California’s commercial pumpkin crop with almost every pumpkin produced destined for use as holiday decorations at Halloween and Thanksgiving.