Crop brought in $414.4M for Madera County in 2011
Madera County crop-value records were shattered in 2011, and according to local farmers, at least one plant will continue to thrive even as the nation faces unrelenting droughts and withering fields.
According to a report published Tuesday, almonds remained the number one crop in the county for the second straight year and accounted for $414.4 million.
That number represents a growth of $127.9 million from 2010 and a total almond value which accounted for over 26 percent of agricultural production in the county, including milk, citrus, and grapes.
Dave Loquaci, president and CEO of Madera Ag Services, attributed the growth to three factors. “There’s more acres of almonds for starters,” Loquaci said. “More people planting. Not only that the value of almonds has risen which means they’re bringing in more money per acre. Also, last year’s yield was very good.” ...