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Bob comes from a family farm background that consisted of row-crop production, and a small cow herd. After studying broadcasting in college, he started work in Extension Information and moved to commercial Farm Broadcasting. Bob also served as Head of Editorial at Data Transmission Network (DTN) where he helped develop an information service aimed at the California Dairy Industry. Today, Bob covers National Farm News, Farm Policy, and attends National Commodity Organization meetings and trade shows. Bob and his wife Ann also own a small farm. Email Bob Quinn
Mark grew up with farming in his blood. His father and uncle farmed together during Mark's childhood and both of his grandfathers farmed. Mark studied radio broadcasting at Brown College in Mendota Heights, MN with his first job being an overnight shift on a country station. Mark has worn many hats in his broadcast career including Farm Director and Program Director. He's done sports play by play, assisted for several years in the news department, hosted a morning show and in 2006 became a full time farm broadcaster. In November 2012 Mark was recognized for his farm market reporting at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City by placing Second nationally in the NAFB Marketcast category. Mark and his wife Melissa have a little boy, Gavin, who can't seem to get enough of his toy tractors and Little People Farm Set. Email Mark Dorenkamp
SACRAMENTO – California’s 2012 crush totaled a record high 4,383,100 tons, up 13 percent
from the 2011 crush of 3,874,158 tons, and 1 percent larger than the previous record high 2005
crush. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,289,783
tons, up 19 percent from 2011. The 2012 white wine variety crush totaled 1,724,121 tons, up 21
percent from 2011. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 270,085, down 28 percent from
2011, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 99,111, down 36 percent from 2011.
The 2012 average price of all varieties reached a record high of $734.35, up 24 percent from
2011. Average prices for the 2012 crop by type were as follows: red wine grapes, $879.04, up
24 percent from 2011; white wine grapes, $623.50, up 15 percent from 2011; raisin grapes,
$318.62, up 20 percent; and table grapes, $272.21, up 24 percent.
In 2012, Chardonnay accounted for the largest percentage of the total crush volume with 16.8
percent. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading percentage of crush with 11.3
percent of the total crush. The next eight highest percentages of grapes crushed included wine
and raisin grape varieties. Thompson Seedless, the leading raisin grape variety crushed for
2012, held 5.3 percent of the total.
Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price of $3,578.79
per ton, up 5 percent from 2011. District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second
highest return of $2,181.88, up 5 percent from 2011. The 2012 Chardonnay price of $846.40
was up 12 percent from 2011, and the Cabernet Sauvignon price of $1,376.14 was up 19
percent from 2011. The 2012 average price for Zinfandel was $712.85, up 27 percent from
2011, while the Merlot average price was up 15 percent from 2011 at $800.77 per ton.
The Preliminary Grape Crush Report includes all grape tonnage crushed during the 2012
season. It also includes purchased tonnage and pricing information for grapes with final prices
prior to January 10, 2013. The March 8, 2013 Final Grape Crush Report will contain any late
reports or corrections to the preliminary report.
The entire Grape Crush Report is available online at