Celery Crop Jump Tied to Soil Compost

Celery production in Ventura County is now the second largest crop behind strawberries in the county.

Published on: Aug 2, 2011

The celery crop in Ventura County recorded a big jump in production in 2010, moving to the second largest crop (behind strawberries) in the county. Celery brought in $182.27 million in 2010, an increase of 8% over 2009. Production per acre was up from 37.67 tons in 2009 to 39.59 tons in 2010. Agromin, California's largest producer of renewable organics delivered over 3,000 tons of its Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)-listed Compost 100 last year to the celery growers in Ventura County.

"We'd like to think that the some of the increase in production per acre is linked to the use by farmers of our Compost 100 soil amendment," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "Since it is OMRI listed, the compost can be used in certified organic production according to the USDA rules. The compost is made from clean and renewable plant materials and contains no chemicals. The more they use OMRI-listed compost, the less than have to rely on pharmaceuticals to grow their crops."

Agromin Provided Ventura County Celery Farms with 3,000 tons of their OMRI-listed compost and crop production rises.
Agromin Provided Ventura County Celery Farms with 3,000 tons of their OMRI-listed compost and crop production rises.

In the just-released Ventura County 2010 Annual Crop Report, 11,949 acres were in celery production in 2010 (up from 11,138 acres in 2009). Total production in 2010 was 473,054 tons compared to 419,466 tons in 2009. In the report, Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales attributed the increase in celery production to the increase in production per acre and the increase in acres devoted to celery. He said he believes the Ventura County is now the leading celery producer in the country.

Agromin's Compost 100 is made locally from organic material collected from farmers, landscapers and residents. The material is cleaned and composted and then returned to farmland or can be purchased in bulk by residents and landscapers.

Agromin's OMRI Listed Compost 100 may be used in certified organic production or food processing and handling according to the USDA Program rule.

Compost 100 is also a great soil amendment for around the house, since it contains no chemicals. Agromin's OMRI Listed Compost is organic, made from clean and renewable plant materials.

More is at www.agromin.com.