2018 California Almond Crop is Well Underway
The 2018 California almond harvest started in early February and is well underway with record-breaking crop estimate at 2.3 billion pounds, according to the USDA Subjective Estimate. The 2018 California almond bloom began a few days earlier than normal. The bloom period was extended, due to an unexpected frost followed by storms and cold temperatures throughout the state’s Central Valley. Frosts during bloom hit orchards hard, especially on the east side of the valley. Younger trees were impacted more severely than older trees. Weather during the spring was variable, leading many growers to be unsure about their 2018 crop. As temperatures warmed up in May, nuts were sizing well.
Richard Waycott, president and CEO, Almond Board of California said:
Almond farmers used a variety of techniques to manage freezing nighttime temperatures in some parts of the Central Valley during bloom this year and those efforts appear to have worked. Every year weather impacts farming, but almond trees thrive in our state because California is home to the world’s most efficient almond farmers, who continually improve their practices and rise to the challenge.
According to the USDA Subjective Estimate, California almond orchards are expected to produce 2.30 billion pounds of nuts this year. Forecasted U.S. almond production-which accounts for nearly two-thirds of U.S. tree nut production- is 1.3 percent above last year’s production of 2.27 billion pounds. Forecasted bearing acreage for 2018 is 1,070,000. Forecasted yield is 2,150 pounds per acre, down 5.3 percent from the 2017 yield of 2,270 pounds per acre.
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