Despite that 2014 marks the third consecutive drought year for California, the Almond Board of California (ABC) is projecting a crop of 2.1 billion pounds for 2014-15, exceeding the 2013-14 crop by more than 4%.
The forecast, funded by the ABC and administered by the US Department of Agriculture, is based on 860,000 bearing acres. It’s been increased 7.7% from the May 1 subjective forecast of 1.95 bn pounds.
The average nut set per tree is 6,646, down 0.6% from the 2013 almond crop. The Nonpareil average nut set is 6,121, down 0.3% from last year’s set. The average kernel weight for all varieties sampled was 1.45 grams, a 6.6% increase from the 2013 record low average weight of 1.36 g.
“Acres planted with almonds have increased almost 15% since 2007, according to the 2012 USDA AG Census,” said Richard Waycott, ABC president and CEO. “Almond acreage has grown consistently over the years as our family farmers have built their businesses sustainably to meet global almond demand