CongeladosJun. 19, 2014
Frutillas/EE.UU: producción 2013 en Monterrey alcanzó un valor de US$ 869,4
Monterey County crop values hit a record $4.38 billion in 2013, led by strawberries at about $869.4 million.
Gross value was up 9%, or $375 million, over the prior year. It’s the fourth time the California county surpassed the $4 billion mark.
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen released his annual report June 17 in Salinas, Calif.
In a local industry long dominated by head and leaf lettuce, strawberries solidified their position with an 11% jump, up about $84 million. It was also the top crop in 2012, after initial figures for leaf lettuce were revised downward.
But at $1.2 billion, the lettuce category as a whole still exceeds strawberry value in the county. Lettuce was up 6% despite a small decrease — less than 2% — in acreage to 109,688.
Ten crop types exceeded $100 million:
Strawberries, $869.4 million
Leaf lettuce, $659.6 million
Head lettuce, $550.6 million
Broccoli, $426.9 million
Nursery, $312.3 million
Wine grapes, $226.9 million
Celery, $217.4 million
Miscellaneous vegetables, $173.6 million
Cauliflower, $163.3 million
Spinach, $122.6 million
Increases included broccoli, up 35%; cauliflower, 48%; head lettuce, 16%; and dry onions, 57%.
Another 16 crops recorded $10 million or more each. Kale, a trending vegetable, was valued at $22.2 million, up about 17%. There were 1,963 acres planted.
Organic gross sales and acreage also rose, though the number of registered producers remained unchanged at 131. Gross sales for all organic crops were $214.4 million, up nearly 15%. There were 33,381 acres in production, or 33% more.
Avocados, a comparatively minor crop at 237 acres in the county, shot up 421% from $576,000 to $3 million. Lauritzen attributed that to weather effect and price swings.
The report does not reflect profits.