Strawberries “King of the Crops” in Ventura County

VENTURA, Calif. – The 2014 Crop and Livestock Report has been released by the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's Office and, once again, it shows strawberries are the County's top crop.

The Top 10 leading crops for 2014 and their gross values are:

  1. Strawberries - $627,964,000
  2. Lemons - $269,428,000
  3. Raspberries - $240,662,000
  4. Nursery Crops - $180,499,000
  5. Celery - $152,153,000
  6. Avocados - $127,978,000
  7. Tomatoes - $72,207,000
  8. Peppers - $67,268,000
  9. Cut Flowers - $47,615,000
  10. Kale - $35,932,000

It was kale's first appearance in the Top 10. Another 20 crops were valued at more than $1 million including: cabbage, blueberries, lettuce, Valencia oranges and spinach. In total, the estimated gross value for Ventura County agriculture in 2014 was over $2 billion.

"As is the history of agriculture in Ventura County – and the rest of the world – some crops increased in values while others dropped," said Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales. "But with more than 50 crops that each generate over $1 million in gross receipts, it is clear that crop diversity in one of Ventura County agriculture's strengths."

The entire report – and reports from previous years – can be viewed on the Agricultural Commissioner's website at http://www.ventura.org/ag-commissioner/crop-reports.