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Farm Production Hits Record High In County Santa Cruz county's total agri- agri- cultural production in 1956 soared soared to a value of $37,695,000, an all-time all-time all-time record, according to the annual report released today by Matt Mello, county agricultural commissioner. It was a gain of $4,965,000 over the previous high recorded in 1955 with the county's agricultural agricultural product valued at $32,730,-000. $32,730,-000. $32,730,-000. The percentage increase was 15.1 per cent, one of the largest boosts in years. Commissioner Mello tempered his report, however, with the declaration declaration that while the volume gains were high, not all the farmers benefited by higher net incomes. The big gains occurred in apples, apples, up $2 million,- million,- strawberries up $1.7 million and brussels sprouts, up $2.1 million. Apple acreage was down, strawberry acreage increased from 1900 acres to 2870 acres and brussels sprout acreage went from 1960 acres to 2575 acres. As an indication of what happened happened in the major crops price-wise, price-wise, price-wise, here are some breakdowns: Applestotal value in 1956 $7,708,000 compared with $5,671.- $5,671.- 000. Acreage down from 8866 acres in 1955 to 8074 acres last vear. Yield per acre up from 640 in 1955 to $954 in 1956, Strawberries total value In 1956 $8,130,000 compared with $7,384,000 in 1955. Acreage up from 1900 acres in 1955 to 2870 acres in 1956. Yield per acre dropped from $3886 in 1955 to S3 181 last year. Brussels sprouts total value, 1956 $3,840,000 compared with $1,703,008 in 1955. Acreage up from 1960 in 1955 to 2575 in 1956. Yield per acre up from S863 in 1953 to $1491 last year. The production per acre was up from 5 tons to 8 tons, In a breakdown by categories, the agricultural product in 1956 compared with 1955 was as fol lows: Fruit and nut crops: 1956 10,527 acres produced a value of $3,977,000 compared with 12.129 acres and a value of $7,051,000 in 1955. Berry crops: 1956 3635 acres produced- produced- a value of $9,857,000 compared with acreage oi zno end a value of $8,018,uuo in iat3 Vegetable crops: 1956 11,450 acres produced a value of $9,465,- $9,465,- 000 compared with 11,840 acres and a value of $8,737,000 in 1955. Field crops including horticul ture: 1956 3820 acres produced a value of $2,526,000 compared with 5840 acres and a value of S2.327.000 in 1955. Animal husbandry produced a value of $6,795,000 in 1956 com- com- Bared with $6,556,000 in 1955 The FOB value for crops is the value of the product when ready for market. On some commodi ties this includes cost of grad ing and containers. It represents the gross value of all products and does not mean net income to the producer Mcllos crop summary follows: Deciduous fruit crops were ccnerally favored with good pro duction and market returns this year with over-all over-all over-all gross income substantially above the previous vear. Plums and prunes were the major fruits experiencing low market returns. A resurvey oi the fruit acreage in the county indicated a reduc tion in bearing acreage of many fruit crops. In most of the crops the reduction has occurred in marginal producing areas that has little effect on over-all over-all over-all pro duction and values. In apples and plums the newly planted acres more than offset their re duction and these will be in bear ins production in the next few years, which will result in a sub stantial increase. Vegetable crops in general ex perienced a poor marketing year of low price returns, ine in creased cross returns are reflect cd mainlv because of increased acreage of a few of the major vegetables, with heavier volume end slightly better returns. Poultry and poultry products, while showing volume increases, left many operators with losses from poor market returns. Other livestock was barely holding steady. While the general picture reflects reflects an up-trend up-trend up-trend in gross values, values, the covst-return covst-return covst-return factors had many producers in an economic squeeze. Apples What appeared to he a lighter crop year developed into the third heavy crop in a row, due to much improved sizing sizing and helped by early fall rains. A short crop in the northwest northwest increased demand and contributed contributed to favorable market re Index turns. Growers tried chemical thinning commercially as a means of reducing operating costs and reported enthusiasti cally on results achieved. Apricots Crop somewhat variable, affected by rain and cool weather in bloom period, fol lowed by frosts. At harvest, fresh and dry market demand was very strong. Dried cots hit an exceptionally high price, but anally receded. Pears Bartletts had a very good crop. Other varieties good to average with market returns generally favorable. Strawberries With large acreage increase and volume, freezer price declined but fresh market held fairly well. Bushbemes Boysen yield lower and Olallie showing in crease in tonnage. Price returns over-all over-all over-all increased with bulk of production to freezers. Lettuce Experienced a dif ficult season with quality prob lems affecting yields and poor market returns that would not make this season be regarded as favorable. Good Friday Services Set For Tomorrow Christ's three hours of agony on the cross will be commemorat ed at Good Friday services tomorrow tomorrow at several Santa Cruz area churches. Interdenominational services sponsored by the Santa Cruz Area Council of Churches will be conducted conducted downtown at the First Congregational church and on the east side at Grace Methodist church. Worshippers may attend all or as many of the 25-minute 25-minute 25-minute meditations as they wish, according according to Rev. Gordon J. Milldrum, pastor of the Garfield Park Christian Christian church who is president of the council. The order of worship will be identical at both churches. Times, topics and speakers, scheduled for the First Congregational and Grace Methodist churches, respectively, respectively, are as follows: Noon, "Father, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do," Rev. J. Bernard Cornelius-sen Cornelius-sen Cornelius-sen of the First Congregational church and Rev. Wayne Long of the Grace Methodist church; 12:25 p.m., "Today Shalt Thou Be With Me In Paradise," Rev. R. J. Rushdoony of the Trinity Presbyterian Presbyterian church and Rev. Sidney Cooper of the First Baptist church, 12:50 p.m. "Woman, Behold Thy Son, Behold Behold Thy Mother," Rev. Elmer S. Andersen of the Live Oak Community Community Methodist church and Rev. Henry Pratt of the Missionary Baptist church; 1:15 p.m., "My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?," Rev. J. Paul Alexander Alexander of the Church of the Nazarene and Dr. Paul Kurtz of the First Methodist church; 1:40 p.m., "I Thirst," Rev. J. F. Oder-mann Oder-mann Oder-mann of the Free Methodist church and Rev. Norman Head of the Soquel Congregational church; 2:05 p.m.. "It Is Finished," Rev. Raymond P. Murray of the First Assembly of God church and Rev. Donald Jones of the Capitola Baptist Baptist church: 2:30 p.m., "Father, Into Thv Hands I Commend My Spirit," Rev. Jack zoeiiner oi m. Stephen's Lutheran church and Rev. Milldrum. Other Protestant churches which have scheduled Good Frt dav services: Twin Lakes Baptist church Easter music, Scripture selections and meditation upon the suffer ings of Jesus from 1 to 2 p.m. Calvary Episcopal church Addresses Addresses on "The Seven Last Words" from noon to 3 o'clock. St. John's Episcopal church of Capitola Meditation on "The Seven Seven Last Words" from noon to 3 o'clock. Messiah Lutheran church Meditation on the Crucifixion with a responsive reading of a Litany of the Passion at 7:30 p.m. Aptos Community Methodist church Consideration of the last words of Jesus at 1 p.m. Speakers will be Rev. Otis Fox of the First Baptist church of Aptos, Rev. Warren Pine of the Aptos Assembly Assembly of God church and Rev. Richard Bagley, pastor of the Aptos Aptos Community Methodis't church. Unity temple Service from noon to 3 o'clock on "Jesus Christ as the Overcomer, the Physician, the Teacher, the Man of Action, the Man With the Yoke and the Prince of Peace." Catholic churches also will be open for special services, as follows: surveys garage night's By written the the of the He members are provisions to apply. these applicable charter. that matters sions code state ruling. The state plains board ion, "in of the Cruz intent board A ocou, article garding is no recall of is trict ern and from Scott Hack-barth for a er by the many p.m. open

Clipped from Santa Cruz Sentinel18 Apr 1957, ThuPage 1

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California)18 Apr 1957, ThuPage 1
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