Despite the freeze that hit during California’s almond bloom, 2018/19 production is forecast to increase slightly year over year, thanks to expanded acreage. Production is estimated at 2.30 billion pounds, up 2 percent from 2017/18, while yield is seen falling 4 percent to 2,150 pounds per acre. Bearing acreage is reported at 1.07 million acres, up 70,000 from last season.
USDA reports that the February freeze hit the east side of the valley the hardest and that younger trees suffered more than mature trees. The new crop is sizing well, and harvest should begin in August.
Almond production vs. yield
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