California 2019 almond production is estimated at around 2.2 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 2018 and down 12 percent from the subjective forecast released in May.
Average state yield fell to 1,880 pounds per acre, the lowest volume since 2009, due to wet, windy weather during pollination and then persistent strong winds that blew nuts off trees. Temperatures in the central valleys have been cooler than average, as well, delaying crop development. The Sacramento Valley’s yield per tree declined to 4,401 nuts (down 12 percent from 2018), and yield fell to 4,706 nuts in the San Joaquin Valley (down 19 percent).
This year’s Nonpareil crop is projected at 880 million meat pounds, down about 1 percent from last year.