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published on April 20, 2017 - 1:01 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

California’s grape crop continues to shrink as farmers transition to more popular crops that are less labor intensive.

Last year, the state’s raisin acreage fell 5 percent to 172,000 acres compared to 2014. Compared to 2015, the decrease was 7.5 percent.

Table grape and wine acreage also fell year-over-year in the Golden State by about 1 percent each.

Combining all types of grapes, including bearing and non-bearing acreage, grape acreage fell 2.3 percent between last year and 2015.

The data presented by the National Agricultural Statistics Services is based off of a survey of 9,100 grape growers.


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