The 2013 Yolo County crop report was released Tuesday, detailing last year’s agricultural sales, which recorded a record gross income of $722 million.
Almond growers sold almost $30 million more worth of nuts than in 2012, as demand in Asia has steadily increased. Both walnuts and almonds sold for almost $500 more per ton than the year before, and swaths of young orchards now dot the county.
Additionally, olive oil vaulted from the 20th most valuable commodity to the 13th, and organic production shot up $20 million, despite actually losing acreage in the county.
“It’s really our relationship with UC Davis that has caused this jump in sustainable production,” said John Young, Yolo County agricultural commissioner.
University research has helped some crops produce almost the same yields organically as they would otherwise, particularly almonds, noted Mary Kimball, the executive director of the Center for Land-Based Learning.