Fresno's Top 10 Crops
Since 2002 grapes have remained number one on the county’s top 10 crop list. In 2012 grapes became the first billion dollar crop for Fresno County. The total value for grapes was $1,106,081,000 up $144,304,000 or 15 percent from 2011.
Almonds remained number two on the top 10 crop list. The total value increased by 14.5 percent, or $120,568,000, from $831,488,000 in 2011 to $952.056,000.
Poultry moved to the number three position on the top 10 crop list. The total value of turkeys decreased to $80,809,000, or 11.95 percent, due to a decrease in the price per pound and the number of birds sold. The price per dozen for hatching egg production increased this year by 32.67 percent, however total production was down by 34.03 percent, resulting in an overall decrease in value of 12.47 percent.
Milk moved to the fourth place on the top 10 crop list. However, prices for both market and manufacturing milk decreased this year to $16.83 for market, and $17.90 for manufacturing.
Tomatoes moved to number five on the top 10 crop list. Total tomato acreage increased to 106,030, or an increase of 9.8 percent. However, the total value $443,700,000 decreased by 7.9 percent from 2011.
Cattle and Calves
Cattle and calves moved to the number six spot in the top 10 crop list. The valued increased by 8.11 percent, or $28,527,000, from 2011 due to increases in the price paid per hundred weight.
Cotton moved to the number seven spot in the top 10 crop list. The total value for all cotton was $272,397,000, a decrease of $124,498,000 or 31.37 percent, from 2011.
Pistachios moved to the number eight spot. The total value increased by $19,373,000, or 10.97 percent, to $195,969,000, resulting from an increase in harvested acres.
Peaches entered the top 10 crops again, coming in at number nine. The total value for peaches increased by $66,169,000, or 63.81 percent, due to an increase in harvested acres as well as an increase in production per acre.
Plums ranked number 10 in the top 10 crops list. The total value was 137,332,000 with 14,591 acres harvested, an increase of 8.6 percent over 2011.
All information provided by Fresno County Department of Agriculture.