The California almond industry is poised to produce an all-time record crop close to the two billion pound mark. Trees have a heavy almond load with smaller nuts. Springtime cool and wet growing conditions will likely delay the fall harvest by several weeks compared to normal.
California almond huller-sheller operators are preparing for large almond deliveries this fall. Pictured is the Central California Almond Grower Association facility in Kerman (2006 photo).
Almond growers report reduced pest and disease pressures this year due to cooler spring and summer temperatures.
Mike Kelley, almond sheller-huller and CCAGA president/CEO, predicts a 2011 California almond crop in the 1.85 billion pound to 1.90 billion pound range.
Western Farm Press