Rice held its spot as Yuba County’s top crop for 2020, in a season that otherwise saw overall crop values drop about 7 percent from the previous year, tallying an estimated $218,260,000 in gross values.
Declining walnut prices, decreases in the production of peaches, prunes, and kiwis, and a reduction in timber production were significant factors in the more than $16 million slide in Yuba County agricultural production. Despite the lower values, crop production for the region remains a powerful driver in the local economy.
“Rice crops in Yuba County remain strong, generating about $75 million in gross value, and walnuts still make a strong showing at $37 million in value,” said Yuba County Ag Commissioner Steve Scheer. “Livestock values increased in 2020, moving that portion of the industry into the third spot with values at about $23 million.”
A decline in prune crop yield caused the dried plum to drop from the third spot to the fourth spot on Yuba County’s crop ranking, with an approximate value of $22 million. Rounding off the top ten crops, from the fifth the tenth spots, are peaches, kiwi, almonds, pastures, nurseries, and timber.The full Yuba County 2020 Crop Report can be found online at www.yuba.org/CropReport.