Stanislaus County farmers and ranchers produced agricultural commodities valued at $3.5 million in 2018, a decline of 2 percent from the 2017 value of $3.6 million.
The values of ag commodities for 2018, the most recent year for which data was available, are outlined in the annual report issued by the county’s agricultural commissioner.
A number of factors impacted the report.
Poultry remained a strong industry in Stanislaus County, with chicken values increasing $22 million. Almond values climbed by $51 million - gains which were largely attributed to an additional 8,496 acres of the increasingly-popular crop being harvested.
Those increases, however, were more than offset by decreases in walnut values attributed to global competition, fewer nursery products sold than in the previous year, depressed milk prices and the fluctuation of turkey production within the county.
The overall number of acres harvested in Stanislaus County fell by 28,623 as a result of a sharp reduction in silage acres harvested. As dairies close, the crop report stated, many silage acres are being planted in almonds orchards which have yet to bear crops.
The top 10 agricultural commodities in Stanislaus County were as follows.
1) Almonds, $1.1 billion
2) Milk, $636 million
3) Chickens, $276 million
4) Cattle and calves, $237 million
5) Nursery products, fruit/nut trees, $170 million
6) Silage, $136 million
7) Walnuts, $103 million
8) Almond pollination, $76 million
9) Turkeys, $64 million
10) Peaches, $57 million