After five years of drought, and despite heavy rains in late winter and early spring, Sutter County’s crop and livestock values increased 13.5 percent in 2017 over the previous year, to nearly $584 million, according to the annual Sutter County Crop and Livestock Report released this week.
Overall values were estimated at $583,996,000 in 2017 compared to $514,372,000 in 2016, according to Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.
"Despite historic rains in early 2017, Sutter County agriculture continues to thrive," said Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.
At approximately $152 million, rice retained the status of top-ranking crop in 2017, despite a drop of 29 percent in total rice acreage planted as a result of wet weather in late winter and early spring. There were slight increases in per acre yields and in the price growers received for rice to help it stay number one.
Higher acreage and price increased walnut values by 10 percent in 2017 over 2016, rising to $130.4 million.
Prunes seemed to pick up the most ground. After devastating crop losses in 2016, pruned rebounded to third from seventh with an increase in total value of 113 percent to $52.3 million.
Nursery products remained fourth with an increase in total value to $47.3 million—a 33 percent jump.
Decreases in acreage, yield, and price dropped processing peach value to $43.7 million.
Despite a 30 percent increase in acreage, almonds remained in sixth place due to a price drop. Total value rose to $36.2 million.
Overall, field crops rose in value by 15 percent. Seed crops increased in value by almost 41 percent, due largely to sunflower and watermelon acreage increases. Producers saw an increase in prices for watermelon seed of 263 percent.
Overall, vegetable crops dropped in value by 22 percent, largely due to a decrease in both acreage and price for processing tomatoes.
The report is prepared based on estimates provided by growers. It reflects estimated gross values only and does not reflect net profits or losses to the producers.
To see the entire report, visit this link: https://www.suttercounty.org/assets/pdf/ag/CropReports/2017_Crop_Report.pdf