REDDING – According to Paul Kjos, the county Agricultural
commissioner the total value of ag products in 2014 totaled
$87,637,000. In his annual crop and livestock report shows
that figure is almost 8% higher than 2013. “This is an
all-time high for agricultural products from Shasta County
and represents the fourth year in a row of record values.”
increase, he says, is due mainly to a significant increase
in livestock value as well as increased values of wild rice,
alfalfa, grass hay and walnuts.
Livestock values were up almost 24% because of near record
prices for some classes of cattle and the increased weights
of the cattle sold at auction.
The value of wild rice increased both in value and yield per
acre, increasing the value of over 25%.
The drought did have an impact, especially on grain hays
which were down by 35%. The direct cause was primarily a
lack of spring rains which resulted in a dramatic reduction
Livestock grossed $28,965,000 in 2014 compared to
$24,771,000 in 2011. Field Crops totaled $38,890 in 2014 as
compared to $34,757,000 in 2011.
Timber fell roughly $520,000 ending the year at $39,861,000
in 2014 compared to $40,381,000 in 2011. Other forest
products faired well, grossing $16,096 in 2014 compared to
$12,732,000 in 2011.
Sheep and lambs totaled $187,000 in 2014 versus $174,000 in
Swine (all classes) totaled $187,000 in 2014 compared to
$174,000 in 2013.
Wild Rice sold for 82 cents a pound, harvesting 5,600 acres
in 2014 for a total of $6,934,000 as compared to 71 cents a
pound, 5,700 acres in 2013 for a total of $5,512,000.
Mary Pfeiffer, 20 year agricultural commissioner for Shasta
County retired June 14, 2014.