Coachella Valley Dates

Have you even eaten a date? If so, odds are the tasty fruit grew in Southern California! Each yearly report on the All-American Canal project includes a section recording the agricultural production of the farms within both the Coachella and Imperial Valleys. Crops grown in the area include different strains of grains, as well as a wide variety of produce. Dates are highlighted as a particularly valuable Coachella Valley crop. The statistic below, regarding Coachella Valley dates, can be found in the 1937 report:


Coachella Valley Dates-1937.jpgToday, dates continue to be a valuable California crop. In 2015, California produced 43,600 tons, or 87,200,000 pounds, of dates from 10,000 acres. Yield per acre was 4.36 tons, priced at $1,560 per ton. The total value of the crop was $68 million ("Noncitrus Fruits" NASS, 2016).[1]

Series: All-American Canal Project Histories, 1948-1954. Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1826-2009. National Archives Identifier: 2292770

[1] For more information about California Dates, see