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Napa County California - Agricultural Commissioner releases 2021 Napa County Agricultural Crop Report 07 June 2022 ( news )
Napa County , state California ( By Press Release office)
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The gross value of all agricultural production in Napa County was $745 , 778 , 100 in 2021 – a 60 . 2 percent increase from the previous year .
Agricultural Commissioner Tracy Cleveland released the 2021 Napa County Agricultural Crop Report during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting .
Wine Grape Production
The total value of the 2021 winegrape crop was $741 , 732 , 000 , up 60 . 8 percent , or $280 , 336 , 700 , from the previous year . Much of this increase can be attributed to a dramatic rise and recovery in red winegrape production and average price per ton , following the sharp drop in these numbers in 2020 . Much of that year’s decline was caused by local wildfires and the overall economic impact brought on by the first year of the worldwide Covid - 19 pandemic . In 2021 , total winegrape production increased by approximately 21 , 216 tons , or 21 . 4 percent from 2020 . The total winegrape tonnage for the 2021 crop ( 120 , 527 tons from 46 , 019 bearing acres ) was still 20 . 6 percent lower than the previous 10 - year average of 151 , 708 tons , however the total winegrape value was 7 . 2 percent higher than the previous 10 - year average . The average price paid per ton for all winegrapes was $6 , 154 , a 32 . 5 percent increase from 2020 . In 2021 , the highest average price paid for a major Napa County winegrape variety was $9 , 304 per ton for Cabernet Franc . There were 1 , 213 bearing acres of Cabernet Franc in 2021 .
Top Wine Grape Varieties
In 2021 the top three varieties in total value were Cabernet Sauvignon , Chardonnay , and Merlot . Approximately 65 , 169 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon ( 24 , 094 acres ) were harvested and sold at an average price of $8 , 083 per ton . Chardonnay ( 5 , 880 acres ) exceeded Merlot ( 4 , 019 acres ) by 1 , 861 bearing acres , but sold at $787 less per ton on average . Merlot production was 7 , 630 tons , valued at an average of $4 , 032 per ton . Chardonnay production of 15 , 926 tons was valued on average at $3 , 245 per ton . These three varieties together accounted for over 73 percent of all production and more than 82 percent of the total wine grape value .
Value of Other Crops and Livestock
Olive production increased by 66 tons in 2021 . While olive fruit flies continued to be a major concern , many olive growers reported less damage and greater yields than in the previous year . Total livestock and poultry values increased $132 , 000 from those reported in 2020 , while field crops decreased $86 , 900 . Vegetable crop values and harvested acres were lower in 2021 . Floral and nursery production also saw a decreased in production area and value , primarily due to industry closures .
Pest Exclusion & Pest Detection Activities
County staff completed nearly 67 , 000 pest detection traps servicings in 2021 , looking for pests that could harm the county’s agriculture and natural ecosystems . The team continued to survey for all life stages of the glassy - winged sharpshooter ( GWSS ) this year . 1 , 676 plant shipments were inspected for GWSS and released in 2021 .
This year’s crop report includes articles about the colorful but invasive spotted lanternfly , agricultural worker satisfaction and retention strategies , innovative technologies and practices to improve agriculture’s climate change resiliency , and a recent glassy - winged sharpshooter infestation in Solano County . We also wish a happy retirement to one of our favorite inspectors , and offer a heartfelt memoriam to one of our most valued UC Cooperative Extension staff who passed away in 2021 .
About the Report
The Crop Report Cover Artwork Contest , a partnership between the Ag Commissioner’s office and Napa County Farm Bureau’s “Agriculture in the Classroom” program , seeks to promote agricultural awareness through student participation in the contest .
This year’s crop report cover art was created by Balvina Sanchez Martinez , a senior at Napa High School . Her acrylic painting , titled “Valley Views , ” was selected as the winning entry of this year’s Crop Report Cover Artwork Contest . Second place went to Vincent Herndon and third place is Pamela Alvarado .
The report is available online
, and at each of the libraries and at the Agricultural Commissioner’s office , 1710 Soscol Ave . , Suite 3 in Napa .
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