In the California Strawberry Commission Acreage Survey report it shows a
decline in acreage planted in California for production in 2016. The
reduced acreage is a result of economic factors along with water and
labor issues in the state. The reduction in the Oxnard district puts it
back to acreage levels not seen in over ten years, with Santa Maria
acreage similar to 2008 plantings. The reduced acreage will have an
impact on how the crop is marketed this year.