the report to the county board as part of a routine, annual process.
Agricultural Commissioner Karen Overstreet emphasized several points in her summary to the board, such as the following included in the report:
• Processing tomato acreage decreased as more ground was productive for leafy greens and miscellaneous
fresh vegetable crops.
• Cattle prices dropped off from record prices in 2015 and many producers held onto replacements
to rebuild herds.
• 2016 was slightly below average precipitation year. A dry warm February pushed the fruit and nut trees and turned the rangeland grasses early. Therefore, tree crop yields were below average and walnut yields were inconsistent as well as quality well below normal.
• Walnut prices dropped significantly for the second year in a row.
• Wine Grape yields and price where up.
• This year growers experienced a great amount of insect and disease pressure which effected market quality and a lower return in many cases.
• The spring rains hindered the cherries and other commodities experienced a less than average harvest yield.
Additionally, the crop report noted that organic values were down by more than 10 percent, dropping from $62.39 million to $55.99 million, largely due to tough growing conditions.