Record-Break­ing 2018 Al­mond Crop Pre­dicted

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De­spite con­cerns ear­lier in the year about freez­ing weather dur­ing al­mond bloom, care­ful man­age­ment by Cal­i­for­nia farm­ers and newer or­chards com­ing into pro­duc­tion have re­sulted in a record-break­ing crop, ac­cord­ing to the 2018 Al­mond Ob­jec­tive Mea­sure­ment Re­port. This con­firms ear­lier pre­dic­tions from the 2018 Al­mond Sub­jec­tive Forecast re­leased in May.

Pub­lished July 5 by the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (USDA) Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Statis­tics Ser­vice - Pa­cific Regional Of­fice (NASS/PRO), the Ob­jec­tive Re­port is the of­fi­cial in­dus­try crop es­ti­mate. The re­port finds that the 2018 crop es­ti­mate is up 7.9 per­cent from the 2017 crop pro­duc­tion of 2.27 bil­lion pounds.

“2018 looks to be a mile­stone year for Cal­i­for­nia al­monds with over one mil­lion al­mond-bear­ing acres now in Cal­i­for­nia,” said Holly King, chair, Al­mond Board of Cal­i­for­nia (ABC) and Kern County al­mond grower. “How­ever, it is not just about the num­ber of acres, it’s also about grow­ing more al­monds per acre. As we have grown in size, we have con­tin­ued to find ways to grow al­monds more ef­fi­ciently, us­ing fewer re­sources and leav­ing a smaller foot­print per nut.”

The Cal­i­for­nia al­mond com­mu­nity, through ABC, has in­vested nearly $70 mil­lion over more than 40 years to build a foun­da­tion of re­search on im­prov­ing how al­monds are grown, pro­cessed and con­sumed. This cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment brings ben­e­fits to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the en­vi­ron­ment while help­ing farm­ers be re­spon­si­ble ste­wards of the land.

The Ob­jec­tive Re­port fol­lows the Sub­jec­tive Forecast, which pro­vides an early es­ti­mate of the com­ing crop after it has set on the trees. The Ob­jec­tive Re­port col­lects data later in the grow­ing sea­son, closer to har­vest, and is based on an ac­tual count of nuts on the trees. This year’s Ob­jec­tive Re­port projects an al­mond crop up 6.5 per­cent from the May forecast of 2.30 bil­lion pounds.

“Cal­i­for­nia is home to the world’s most ef­fi­cient al­mond farm­ers, who pro­duce more than 80 per­cent of the world’s sup­ply,” said Richard Way­cott, pres­i­dent and CEO, ABC. “The Cal­i­for­nia al­mond com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to meet the steadily grow­ing de­mand for al­monds, sup­port­ing healthy and di­verse di­ets around the globe.”

Per the Ob­jec­tive Re­port, the av­er­age nut set per tree is 5,677, down 0.6 per­cent from the 2017 al­mond crop. The Non­pareil av­er­age nut set is 4,924, down 13.9 per­cent from last year’s set. The av­er­age ker­nel weight for all va­ri­eties sam­pled was 1.54 grams, down 1.9 per­cent com­pared to the 2017 av­er­age weight of 1.57 grams.

The Al­mond Board of Cal­i­for­nia pro­motes al­monds through its re­search-based ap­proach to all as­pects of mar­ket­ing, farm­ing and pro­duc­tion on be­half of the more than 6,000 al­mond farm­ers and pro­ces­sors in Cal­i­for­nia, many of whom are multi-gen­er­a­tional fam­ily op­er­a­tions. Es­tab­lished in 1950 and based in Modesto, the Al­mond Board of Cal­i­for­nia is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that ad­min­is­ters a farmer-en­acted Fed­eral Mar­ket­ing Or­der un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Al­mond Board of Cal­i­for­nia or al­monds, visit Al­

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