Jim Peart, almond grower, Arbuckle, Calif., believes this year’s wet bloom period reduced his Nonpareil variety yield by about 25 percent.
Jim Peart and his father are partners in Don Peart Ranch, a 400-acre almond operation in Colusa County, Calif.
The Peart family attached a conditioner implement to the harvester this fall to remove sticks to help the almonds dry faster.
The 2010 California Walnut Objective Management Report predicts production at 517,000 tons, up 17 percent from 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Western Farm Press
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