Greg Clark, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights &
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay
releases 2013 Napa County Agricultural Crop Report
of ag production only $3 million shy of 2012 record
(NAPA, California) The gross value of all
agricultural production in Napa County was $662,177,500 in 2013, a decrease of
$3,120,600 from the previous year, according to the 2013 Napa County
Agricultural Crop Report, which Agricultural Commissioner Greg Clark presented
to the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting today. 2013 was another
extraordinary year with less than 1 percent decrease from the record 2012 crop
value of the 2013 wine grape crop was $656,234,900, down less than 0.0002
percent, or $1,200, from the previous year, and 41.3 percent or $191,727,700,
higher than the previous 10-year average of $464,507,200. Total 2013 wine grape production decreased by
8,012 tons, or 4.4 percent from 2012. The total wine grape tonnage for the 2013
crop (174,847 tons from 43,568 bearing acres) was 22.3 percent higher than the
previous 10-year average of 143,001 tons. The average price paid per ton for
all wine grapes was $3,753. In 2013, the highest average price paid for any
Napa County wine grape variety was $5,474 per ton for Cabernet Sauvignon. There
were 19,365 bearing acres of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013.
In the past several years, the top three varieties
in bearing acres planted were Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. In 2013,
approximately 65,919 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested and sold at an
average price of $5,474 per ton. Chardonnay (6,770 acres) exceeded Merlot (5,348
acres) by 1,422 bearing acres, but Merlot sold at $302 more per ton on average.
Merlot production was 21,038 tons, valued at an average of $2,771 per ton.
Chardonnay production of 31,228 tons was valued on average at $2,469 per ton.
These three varieties together accounted for over 67 percent (118,185 tons) of
all production and almost 76 percent ($496,238,800) of the total wine grape
decreased $436,300, primarily due to the alternate bearing nature of olive
trees. Also olive production was lower due to damage from high populations of
Olive Fruit Fly that resulted from a mild winter. Vegetable production
increased by $223,000 from the previous year. Floral and nursery production decreased
in value by $1,012,700. The value for field crops decreased $142,800. Livestock
had a decrease of $921,200.
County staff was busy in 2013, surveying for all
life stages of the Glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS). 1,978 plant shipments
were inspected, resulting in the discovery of one positive GWSS egg mass.
Out-of-state nursery shipments, inspection of household goods for gypsy moth
and other “high hazard” shipment inspections continued to be a priority for
inspectors. We again used a canine dog team occasionally to “sniff out”
contraband and prevent it from entering the county through common carriers.
The number of certified
organic farms rose slightly to 150. In 2013, the organic wine grape production
acreage decreased by 362. These statistics do not include the many vineyards that
used organic practices that would qualify for organic certification, but whose
owners did not choose official certification.
You can read the report online at www.countyofnapa.org/agcom/cropreport. Hard
copies are available at each of the County libraries or at the Agricultural
Commissioner’s office at 1710 Soscol Ave. in Napa.
Board of Supervisors and staff of Napa County are dedicated to preserving and
sustaining Napa County for present and future generations as a community with
generous open space, a thriving agricultural industry and a quality human and
natural environment. Visit us on the Web at www.countyofnapa.org.