Agriculture accounted for almost $1 billion in business in Colusa County last year, according to the most recent crop report released by the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.
Last year, Colusa County saw an increase of $24.5 million in agricultural production compared to 2017, for a total gross production value of $907,154,000. Agriculture is the county’s biggest producing industry.
“The gross value for almonds in the amount of $325,839,000 exceeded the value of rice at $233,874,000 as the top commodity. Walnuts, processing tomatoes and miscellaneous fruit and vegetable crops were three, four and five, respectively,” said Gregory Hinton, Colusa County ag commissioner.
Despite a decrease in prices of nearly $300 per ton, almonds were able to retain top spot due to an increase of more than 4,000 acres harvested, as well as a small increase in production per acre.
The walnut crop took a significant hit in 2018 due to a drop in value per ton of nearly $1,000. Still, Colusa County’s crop saw an increase in acres harvested last year, which contributed to its total value of $61 million, down from $83.7 million in 2017.
Processing tomatoes saw a small decrease in total value last year – the commodity generated $49.2 million in 2018 compared to $51.2 million in 2017. The biggest factor was a decrease of 700 acres harvested compared to 2017.
Rounding out the top five commodities was miscellaneous fruit and nut crops, which had a total agricultural value of $30 million in 2018, up nearly $1.5 million from the year before.