Ag Report: Avocado crop winding down, production down for grain crops

Posted at 8:51 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 12:02:19-04

California's 2019 avocado crop is winding down but the state once again played an important role during a season where volume was low and prices were high. According to the publication The Packer earlier this year it was thought that California would only be helping state consumers. But it turned out California growers played an important role as crop size declined in Mexico.

However, consumer and customer demand for California avocados exceeded supply this season. According to The Packer due to weather and market conditions harvesting began somewhat later than initially projected impacting the supply.

In other ag news production will be down for California's most widely planted field and grain crops. That's according to federal forecasters. Estimates released this week show alfalfa and rice production off slightly and the California cotton crop down by one third. Bean production will also decrease.

The report forecasts higher production for other California field and grain crops including oats, wheat, and corn.