Almond board forecasts lighter almond crop

Published on 07/17/2013 - 3:02 pm
Written by Business Journal Staff
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The Almond Board of California recently announced an objective forecast of 1.85 billion meat pounds of almonds for the 2013–2014 crop year.

It the forecast holds true, it would mean a slightly lighter crop than the previous year.

The forecast, funded by the Almond Board of California, is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service – California Field Office.

The forecast is based on 810,000 bearing acres.

“The objective estimate is 150 million pounds, or 7.5 percent, below the subjective estimate issued by NASS in May,” said Richard Waycott, president and CEO of the Almond Board of California in a release. “Total supply for 2013–2014 will be constrained if the 2013 actual harvest is indeed only 1.85 billion pounds."

He said the estimate for the current crop is only slightly below the actual 2012 harvest of 1.89 billion pounds.

Fresno County farmers produced 41.2 million pounds of almonds in 2012. The crop was grown on 153,848 acres.

Producing $952 million in gross income in 2012, almonds are Fresno County’s second highest income crop behind grapes.

Statewide, the average nut set per tree is 6,686, down 5 percent from the 2012 almond crop. The nonpareil average nut set is 6,141, down 7 percent from last year’s set. The nonpareil average kernel weight of 1.48 grams is the lowest ever recorded.