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Butte County California ag crop value drops $65m
Crop value in Butte County, California dropped by $65 million in 2016, according to the annual crop report released Tuesday.
The decline to just over $705 million was a decrease of almost 9 percent from the figure for 2015, according to the report.
County Agricultural Commissioner Louie B. Mendoza Jr. attributed most of the drop to declining commodity prices, although several crops saw reduced yields.
The prune crop in particular saw output plummet from 2.9 tons an acre to 1.2 tons and a smaller drop was noted in peach productions — from 17 tons per acre to 15.5 tons. Even with its problems, the prune crop in the county was at $31 million, with peaches at $10 million.
Walnuts were Butte County’s No. 1 crop again in 2016, valued at $235 million. But that’s down from $241 million in 2015, even though there was more acreage in production and the yield per acre was up from 2015.
Almonds were the second most valuable crop in the county in 2016, at $188 million. Again, that was a decline from $202 million in 2015. Production was nearly stable from one year to the next, but the price dropped from $6,000 to $5,600 a ton.
Publication date: 9/15/2017
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