Each year the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner releases a report on agricultural production.
The reported total value for 2013 was $848,323,200, representing a slight increase of 4% from the 2012 value of $812,726,100. This report reflectsthe gross production values; not the net income or costs of production and marketing.
The rainfall totals for 2013 were the lowest recorded in over 120 years in Sonoma County. The impact from the dry year was mitigated somewhat by the heavy rainfall received in November and December 2012 as well as nearly two inches in late June of 2013. The dry spring weather provided optimum conditions during bloom for both apples and winegrapes, which positively influencedcrop yields.The overall increase in gross value for 2013 is attributed in part to a more than 20% increase in nursery production over 2012. It was another ideal growing season for winegrapes as great summer weather created conditions for another record setting harvest to build on both the quality and quantity of 2012. Total tonnage of winegrapes was up 1%, as more than 270,000 tons were processed in 2013, valued at $605,068,400. This total slightly exceeded the yield for 2012 which had been the largest winegrape crop on record in Sonoma County
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