The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office recently released the 2011 Annual Crop and Livestock Report, in accordance with the California Food and Agricultural Code. The report provides statistical information of the agricultural production in Stanislaus County, while representing gross values of agricultural commodities and does not reflect product costs or profits.
The report shows that the value of agricultural commodities produced last year in Stanislaus County increased over 18% to $3,069,823,000. This represents an all time high in Crop Production Values with an increase of $497,389,000 from the 2010 gross production value of $2,572,434,000. The Stanislaus County Agricultural Commission attributes this raise to the increase in the Fruit and Nut Crop, most notably almonds along with walnuts and grapes.
In 2010, there were 144,690 harvested acres of Almond Meat, with a grand total of $390,498,000. In 2011, the amount of harvest acres for Almond Meat increased to 149,676, with a grand total of $628,320,000.
Other commodities, such as cherries, apples, and apricots, decreased in their amount of harvested acreage, partially due to late unseasonal rains.
For the Livestock category, in 2010 203,840 Cattle and Calves were counted including all Beef Feeders, Beef Slaughter, Dairy Slaughter, and Dairy Replacement. In 2011, this number increased to 331,714 with a grand total of $207,649,000.
Milk production also increased from 2010 to 2011 by 615,000 CWT, bringing the grand total to $766,186,000.
The top ten commodities from highest to lowest were Milk, Almonds, Chickens, Cattle & Calves, Walnuts, Silage, Tomatoes, Deciduous Fruit & Nut Nursery, Hay/Alfalfa, and Turkeys.
In 2011, Stanislaus County issued 8,475 export certificates for 94 commodities. 14% went to Hong Kong, 10% to Spain, 9% to Germany, 8% to Japan, 7% to United Arab Emirates, 5% to Korea, 5% to Turkey, 4% to China, 3% to the Netherlands, and 35% to all other countries.
“We wish to express our appreciation to agricultural producers, industry representatives, and public agencies who have cooperated in providing data for this report,” stated Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Gary Caseri and County Director Roger Duncan in a letter addressed to the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.
To view the entire PDF File of the 2011 Stanislaus County Annual Crop and Livestock Report, please visit http://www.stanag.org/ag/croprpts/croppdf/2011-crop-report.pdf