California Agriculture

By Arysta March

California Agriculture Facts

* California produces more than 400 crops.

* Some common things California produces are: almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, and olives.

* It also grows nearly half of the nation's fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

*The leading commodity is milk and cream, which accounts for almost $6 billion in cash receipts.

*Over 5.3 billion eggs are produced each year by more than 19 million hens and pullets of laying age.

* There are over 410,000 bee colonies in the state

* Bees are used for both pollination and production of honey.

More agricultural facts about California

* California is home to more than 2,000 soils, located in valleys, foothills, mountains, coastal areas, and deserts.

* The San Joaquin series is the state soil.

* California is the nation's top agricultural state, and has been for more than 50 years.

* More than 60% of the state's farms are less than 50 acres in size.

* More than 90% of California farms are family farms or partnerships.

* The average farm size is 311 acres.

* Total farmland is 25.3 million acres