California’s 2010 almond acreage is estimated at 825,000 acres, up 2 percent from the 2009 acreage of 810,000, according to an annual growers’ survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Field Office in Sacramento, Calif.
Of the total 2010 acreage, 740,000 acres were bearing and 85,000 acres were non-bearing.
Preliminary bearing acreage for 2011 is estimated at 750,000 acres, NASS reports.
Nonpareil continued to be the leading variety followed by Butte, Carmel, and Monterey. The Padre and Aldrich varieties showed significant acreage increases.
Kern, Fresno, Merced and Stanislaus are the leading counties. These four counties had 64 percent of the total bearing acreage, unchanged from the previous year.