Value of Napa County ag production only $3 million shy of 2012 record

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Value of Napa County ag production only $3 million shy of 2012 record

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 06, 2014

Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer releases 2013 Napa County Agricultural Crop Report

Value 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.

Wine Grape Production 

The total 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.

Top Wine Grape Varieties  

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 value.

Value of Other Crops and Livestock 

Olive production 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.

Pest Exclusion Activities 

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.

Organic Farming Statistics 

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.

The 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.