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Got pumpkins? SJ County does
78% of California crop grown in Manteca-Lathrop area
Pumpkins are king in the fields around Manteca and Lathrop. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Half Moon Bay may claim they are the Pumpkin Capital of the World but the numbers don’t lie.

San Joaquin County – specifically the fields round Manteca and Lathrop – produced 78 percent of the pumpkins grown in California in 2010. Some 76,100 tons of pumpkins rolled out of local fields last fall with a gross value of $22.8 million. That was up considerably from 2009 when 55,000 tons valued at $15.7 million was sent to market throughout California.

That information is part of the detailed 2010 Agricultural Report for San Joaquin County released by Agricultural Commissioner Schott Hudson.

County agricultural products were shipped to 88 countries in 2010 running the gamut from Algeria to Vietnam. Farming remains by far the largest employer and industry in San Joaquin County. Crop production in 2010 was valued at $1.96 billion in San Joaquin County.

San Joaquin is also the top county for six other crops:

• 92 percent of California’s blueberries.

• 64 percent of California’s asparagus.

• 54 percent of California’s sweet cherries.

• 47 percent of California’s apples.

• 36 percent of California’s corn grain.

• 19 percent of California’s English walnuts.

The top five crops in 2010 in the county in terms of value were milk, $341.3 million; grapes, $248.9 million; walnuts, $207.2 million; cherries, $184.5 million; and almonds, $156.8million.

Overall, fruits and nuts provide the biggest production accounting for 47 percent of the overall value of crops followed by dairy and livestock products at 19 percent.