Avocados, a comparatively minor crop at 237 acres in the county, shot up 421% from $576,000 to $3 million as weather and price swings affected that market.
Overall, the numbers show Monterey County agriculture comparatively untouched — so far — by the statewide drought.
“We rely on groundwater here and have managed to continue to produce at the same rate,” Lauritzen said. “That’s significant as compared to some other areas that have had to take acreage out of production.”
The report does not reflect profits.