Amador County Department Of Agriculture Releases 2017 Crop Report

Amador County Department Of Agriculture Releases 2017 Crop Report

The 2017 crop report has been released by the Amador County Department of Agriculture, giving insight into one of the county’s leading industries. The news is good for Amador’s number one crop, wine grapes. The fruit has seen increases in acres harvested, production per acre and price per unit. Total value was up 27% over 2016, to a total of $22.9 million. Walnuts saw an increase in total production despite a decrease in acres planted with an increase to $442,680 in total value, up from $194,340. Olive oil, apples, kiwis and pomegranates combined for $1.5 million in value, triple their value in 2016. Field crop production value was down to $5.7 million or about 11% from the year before, as there were decreases in alfalfa, grain and hay as well as pasture range. Both cattle prices and number of head production were up in 2017 and the total increased almost a million dollars to $11.5 million. Price and production of sheep held steady with total value of $480,000. A jump in price per head for goat increased their production value to $315,000. Fresh vegetable production from farmers market and pumpkins increased from $36,775 in 2016 to $90,579 in 2017. Timber production was also up, with five times more board feet harvested, for an increase of over 250% to $1.4 million. All told, agriculture added $45.2 million to the county economy in 2017, an increase of $7.7 million over the previous year and the highest production total in the last ten years.

Written by KVGC Staff

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