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SJ County ag production posts all-time high
This is a familiar scene every year during pumpkin harvest at Fonseca Farms on South Airport Way in rural South Manteca. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

Six of San Joaquin Top 10 crops increased in value in 2013 from that of the previous year.

That information comes from the annual report of agricultural production in the county submitted by Interim Agricultural Commissioner Gary Caseri to the county Board of Supervisors.

Almonds, with a 2013 value of $468 million, unseated grapes from the top post it occupied the year before. Grapes in 2013 tumbled down to No. 3 with the crop valued at $441 million, down from a high of $554 million in 2012.

Walnuts maintained its No. 2 place in the county’s Top 10 crops of 2013; however, its $443 million value went down from $457 million posted in 2012.

Here are the Top 10 crops by value in 2013:

1 Almonds, $468M (up from No. 4 in 2012 when it was valued at $300M).

2 Walnuts, $443M (down from $457M in 2012 and still in second place).

3 Grapes, $441 M (down from $554M in 2012 as the top crop that year).

4 Milk, $429M (down from No. 3 but with the value going up from $404M in 2012).

5 Cherries, $144M (significantly down from $225M in 2012 but in the same No. 5 position).

6 Tomatoes, $102M (down from $103M in 2012 but still the No. 6 top crop in the county).

7 Hay, $93M (up from $90M in 2012 when it was also the county’s seventh top crop).

8 Cattle and calves, $76M (up from $67M in 2012 when it was the No. 10 crop).

9 Silage corn, $64M ($72M in 2012 at No. 8).

10 Grain Corn, $62M (No. 9 in 2012 at $70M).

Despite the modest increases in agricultural values in 2013, Caseri reported that the gross value of agricultural production last year reached “another all-time high of $2,921,828,000.” That is an increase of 0.97 percent over the 2012 value of $2,893,783,000.

“The cherry and grape crops showed significant decreases from the 2012 revenue due to reductions in yields and/or value. Livestock and Poultry showed increases in animal inventory and higher market pricing. Livestock and Poultry products increased due to better milk pricing and an increase in egg production,” Caseri explained in the report.

Below are crop values by category and percentage changes from 2012 to 2013:

• Field crops – $331,031,000 (-0.95 percent).

• Fruit and nut crops – $1,632,018,000 (-1.55 percent).

• Seed crops – $3,357,000 (-5.76 percent).

• Vegetable crops – (+3.86 percent).

• Nursery products – $104,584,000 (+18.90 percent).

• Apiary products – $$17,079,000 (-20.97 percent).

• Livestock and poultry – $108,818,000 (+8.85 percent).

• Livestock and poultry products – $449,132,000 (+6.11 percent).

Values shown in the report are estimates, and the figures are gross values and not net returns to the grower.