Each year the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner releases a report on agricultural production in the county.
The reported total value for 2014 was $899,015,400, representing a 6% increase from the 2013 value of $848,323,400. This report reflects the gross value of the raw agricultural commodities, not the net income or costs of production and marketing. This is the highest recorded annual value of agriculture in Sonoma County history.
The drought continues to impact agriculture in Sonoma County and across the state. Most impacted were the field crops that rely on rainfall for production. These include hay, silage, rangeland and pasture. This sector saw a 41% reduction in value due to the drought. Winegrapes experienced their third consecutive bumper crop with a slight reduction in tonnage due to a few thousand acres that are in the process of replanting. Yields per acre were nearly what they were in 2013, and price per ton increased from 2013. The overall result was an overall 2% decrease in value of winegrapes from 2013 which had been the largest crop in the County’s history. Winegrapes accounted for 66% of the overall value of crops produced in Sonoma County in 2014. The price of market milk, beef, lamb and eggs all increased significantly, accounting for the 6% increase from 2013.
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