San Joaquin County Agricultural output increased 6% from 2007 to 2008 according to the latest county crop report. Between 2007 and 2008, vegetable acreage was down and so was the production of nursery products (housing collapse reduces landscaping needs), but field crops and fruit and nut gained. Walnuts had a record year. Early reports for 2009 are that tomato acreage is way up, so vegetables may reverse a declining trend this year.
One of the more interesting pieces of information is processing olives showing up for the first time at 3,300 acres and about $10 million in output. That's small, but this will be an interesting area to watch in the coming years as Corto Olive is trying to grow an olive oil industry in the Valley.
Finally, it is interesting to see the 6% gain for San Joaquin County is the same as the 6% gain in Fresno County highlighted in a post a few months ago.