USDA expects larger almond crop in California

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The latest report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicts a significantly larger almond harvest than last year. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2024 California Almond Forecast predicts production will be 3 billion pounds, a 21 percent increase from the previous year. The initial subjective forecast indicates that the area cultivated with almonds will remain unchanged at 1.38 million hectares. Yield per acre is expected to increase to 2,170 pounds.

“This larger crop estimate is what the industry expected after a productive bloom this spring, but is also a testament to the hard work put in by almond growers throughout California during difficult times,” said Almond President and CEO Board of California, Clarice Turner. she said in a press release. “Demand for California almonds around the world continues to grow and our almond growers consistently deliver by producing high-quality California almonds to meet that demand.”

The forecast for the 2024 almond crop is based on a survey of 500 almond growers conducted from April 19 to May 5. Favorable weather conditions during the first half of the growing season, including mild temperatures and increased bee hours, contributed to a successful flowering period. NASS will release a more statistically rigorous objective report in July, based on actual almond counts.

Listen to the report below.

Brian German
Ag News Director/AgNet West