Record almond crop expected in 2014

By Maggie Hennessy

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Record almond crop expected in 2014

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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

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