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- Strawberries are No. 1 crop.
- Organic acreage continues to increase.
Chardonnay is most popular wine grape in Monterey County.
Strawberry production tops $869 million in Monterey County, Calif. in 2013; the county's top crop in value.
Total wine grape production in Monterey County totaled nearly $227 million, making it the sixth-largest crop.
The leading grape varietal in Monterey County continues to be Chardonnay. More than 16,000 acres of Chardonnay grapes were harvested in 2013.
Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes were harvested on 7,963 and 5,624 acres, respectively.
Other popular varieties include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah/Shiraz.
Monterey County is typically the fourth-largest agricultural producing county in the U.S. behind San Joaquin Valley neighbors Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties. Those counties are expected to release their annual crop reports in the coming weeks.
Monterey County’s full crop report is available online.