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Gone To Market

September 17, 1988

Although the value of Orange County agricultural crops suffered a 4% decline from the level registered in 1986, county farmers in 1987 nonetheless managed an output worth $245,086,000. At the same time, it should be noted tht 4% fewer bearing acres were in use (60,521 compared to 63,136, in 1986). Despite the handicap 1987 was the fourth best year on record for county farmers.

In accordance with established practice, the value of all Orange County agricultural crops is reported on an f.o.b. basis. It is assessed at the first point of delivery and includes the cost of production, harvesting and preparation for market--in effect, the price a farmer receives when he delivers a crop.

NURSERY

Ornamentals PRODUCTION1986: 21,304,981 1987: 22,899,647 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $100,664,900 1987: $104,299,300 NURSERY

Flat stock (flats) PRODUCTION 1986: 826,322 1987: 1,047,157 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: 5,162,500 1987: 6,555,600 NURSERY

Cut flowers (dozens) PRODUCTION 1986: 130,234 1987: 265,681 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: 1,545,200 1987: 1,611,600 NURSERY

Christmas trees PRODUCTION 1986: 74,950 1987: 77,550 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: 2,998,000 1987: 3,257,100 NURSERY

Potted plants PRODUCTION 1986: 5,584,898 1987: 5,637,981 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: 10,771,200 1987: 10,430,100 NURSERY

Miscellaneous F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $44,900 1987: $58,800 LIVESTOCK Beef Cattle (head) PRODUCTION 1986: 2,771 1987: 5,946 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $1,054,900 1987: $2,568,600 LIVESTOCK Poultry-Eggs (dozens) PRODUCTION 1986: 1,422,675 1987: 1,281,777 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $882,100 1987: $974,200 LIVESTOCK Chickens (sold) PRODUCTION 1986: 55,693 1987: 28,800 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $11,100 1987: $5,500 LIVESTOCK Misc. poultry F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $396,700 1987: $401,300 LIVESTOCK Misc. livestock F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $23,700 1987: $8,900 FIELD CROPS

Beans (dry edible) PRODUCTION* 1986: 854 1987: 437 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $443,700 1987: $369,000 * TONS FIELD CROPS

Barley PRODUCTION* 1986: 3,640 1987: 2,624 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $436,800 1987: $288,400 * TONS FIELD CROPS

Misc. field crops PRODUCTION* 1986: 463 1987: 334 F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $45,200 1987: $28,100 * TONS FIELD CROPS

Pasture rental F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $236,000 1987: $237,200 FIELD CROPS

Permanent pasture F.O.B. VALUE 1986: $35,000 1987: $30,000 TREE FRUIT AND BERRY CROPS

BEARING ACREAGE

Percent 1986 1987 change Grapefruit 46 131 +184 Lemons 914 811 -11 Oranges: Navel, Misc 80 64 -20 Valencias 4,597 4,053 -12 Avocados 1,728 1,642 -5 Other subtropical 130 80 -38 & deciduous fruit Strawberries 2,413 2,498 +4 TOTAL 9,908 9,279 -6

PRODUCTION IN TONS

Percent 1986 1987 change Grapefruit 431 1,221 +183 Lemons 15,995 15,263 -5 Oranges: Navel, Misc 242 380 +57 Valencias 70,840 72,103 +2 Avocados5,236 10,082 +93 Other subtropical 442 272 -38 & deciduous fruit Strawberries 85,251 70,993 -17 TOTAL 178,437 170,314 -5

F.O.B. VALUE

Percent 1986 1987 change Grapefruit 107,800 335,100 +211 Lemons 2,559,200 4,578,900 +79 Oranges: Navel, Misc 73,800 97,200 +32 Valencias 24,794,000 15,180,600 -39 Avocados5,368,900 6,049,200 +13 Other subtropical 203,300 125,100 -38 & deciduous fruit Strawberries 64,364,500 51,115,000 -21 TOTAL 97,471,500 77,481,100 -21

Source: Orange County Department of Agriculture

BEARING ACREAGE AS PERCENTAGE OF COUNTY

% of Crop Acreage County Field 43,295 9 Tree fruit/berries 9,279 2 Vegetables 7,947 1 TOTAL 60,521 12

Source: Orange County Department of Agriculture

TRUCK CROPS

ACREAGE

1986 1987 % Change Asparagus 890 781 -12 Beans (Green) 1,525 1,310 -14 Cabbage 863 887 +3 Cauliflower 246 288 +17 Celery 985 540 -45 Corn 1,209 527 -56 Cucumbers 424 320 -25 Lettuce* 730 589 -19 Peppers** 168 599 +257 Squash 707 653 -8 Tomatoes 163 803 +392 Misc. crops 1,032 650 -37 TOTAL 8,942 7,947 -11

TRUCK CROPS

PRODUCTION IN TONS

1986 1987 % Change Asparagus 2,011 2,312 +15 Beans (Green) 8,540 5,934 -31 Cabbage 14,611 11,593 -21 Cauliflower 1,166 901 -23 Celery 28,073 13,802 -51 Corn 11,764 3,426 -71 Cucumbers 3,600 3,277 -9 Lettuce* 7,712 5,105 -34 Peppers** 2,535 10,842 +328 Squash 4,030 2,886 -28 Tomatoes 4,685 22,701 +385 Misc. crops 8,019 5,818 -27 TOTAL 96,746 88,597 -8

TRUCK CROPS

F.O.B. VALUE

1986 1987 % Change Asparagus $3,423,100 $3,079,800 -10 Beans (Green) 5,209,400 3,845,100 -26 Cabbage 1,868,200 1,595,300 -15 Cauliflower 326,900 597,900 +83 Celery 5,486,900 2,621,000 -52 Corn 2,914,900 839,500 -71 Cucumbers 1,276,200 1,328,700 +4 Lettuce* 1,945,100 1,663,900 -14 Peppers** 1,964,600 10,156,000 +417 Squash 1,753,100 1,143,900 -35 Tomatoes 1,874,500 6,720,000 +259 Misc. crops 3,657,100 2,761,200 -25 TOTAL 31,700,000 36,352,300 +15

* Head, leaf and Romaine

** Bell and miscellaneous

Source: Orange County Department of Agriculture

MILLION DOLLAR CROPS, 1986-'87 COMPARISON

1986 1987 Percent CROP Value Value Change Nursery stock and cut flowers $121,186,700 $126,212,500 +4 Strawberries 64,364,500 51,115,000 -21 Valencia oranges 24,794,000 15,180,600 -39 Celery 5,486,900 2,621,000 -52 Avocados 5,368,900 6,049,200 +13 Green beans 5,209,400 3,845,100 -26 Miscellaneous truck crops 3,657,100 2,761,200 -24 Asparagus 3,423,100 3,079,800 -10 Corn 2,914,900 * 839,500 -71 Lemons 2,559,200 4,578,900 +79 Peppers (Bell and miscellaneous) 1,964,600 10,156,000 +417 Lettuce (head, leaf and Romaine) 1,945,100 1,663,900 -14 Tomatoes 1,874,500 6,720,000 +259 Cabbage 1,868,200 1,595,300 -31 Squash 1,753,100 1,143,900 -35 Cucumbers 1,276,200 1,328,700 +4 Beef cattle 1,054,900 2,568,600 +143 TOTAL 250,701,300 ** 240,619,700 ** -4

* Not a million dollar crop in 1987, but shown for percent change comparison

** Does not include corn

Source: Orange County Department of Agriculture

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