Raspberries are a sweet addition to the Ventura County crop report. They used to rank fifth. Now they rank second on the 2011 list.
Raspberry earnings rose 11 percent since 2010, but strawberries are still number one.
Ventura County's Ag Commissioner says the county earned one percent less than it did in 2010. But 2010 was a profitable year with a 14 percent gain in crop values.
Henry Gonzales says the drought has hurt dry land farmers in the past year. Gonzales shared the results with County Supervisors Tuesday morning. His staff also put out a spread so they could taste the farm fresh produce.
The ten leading crops for 2011 rank crop value are as follows:
- 1st Strawberries $625,509,000
- 2nd Raspberries 185,400,000
- 3rd Lemons 174,937,000
- 4th Nursery Stock 163,793,000
- 5th Celery 154,584,000
- 6th Tomatoes 99,468,000
- 7th Avocados 91,849,000
- 8th Cut Flowers 52,217,000
- 9th Peppers 41,701,000
- 10th Greens 20,717,000