Grapes back on top after crop report revision

September 12, 2014

 

wine grapesThe San Joaquin County Agricultural commissioner has revised the 2013 Crop Report to reflect higher revenue for grapes.

The new total for the grape crop value is $496 million rather than the $441 million initially reported.

That figures makes grapes San Joaquin County’s most valuable crop for 2013 rather than almonds.

It also raises the overall value of crops in San Joaquin County in 2013 to more than $3.47 billion.

The revision came after the Lodi District Grape Growers Association questioned the discrepancy between the county’s grape totals and the ones reported in the National Agricultural Statistics Services’ grape crush report.

“We’re happy to see the numbers updated,” said Amy Blagg, executive director of the Lodi District Grapegrowers Association.

Blagg said the association relies on the crop report when talking to legislators or others about the importance of agriculture to San Joaquin County’s economy.

 

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