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New Report Shows 2013 Was Strong Year For Agricultural Industry In San Luis Obispo County, With 11% Increase in Crop Totals

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:23pm

San Luis Obispo County’s agricultural industry had a banner year in 2013, according to the county’s just released crop report.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures says that the total value of crops in the county in 2013 was $960 million dollars, up a whopping 11% from 2012.

Wine grapes remain the number one crop in the county, with a total valuation of $220 million dollars.

Wine grape production was up 10% in 2013 compared to 2012.

Finishing second were strawberries, with an estimated value of $210 million dollars.

Mild winter conditions meant it was a strong year for broccoli, lettuce, bok choy, cabbage, and cauliflower.

However, drought conditions hurt field crops like barley, and grain hay, with a 34% drop in production.

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