The Nonpareil hull split in the almond orchards which David Hansen tends near Madera, Calif., began around June 20. That’s about a week earlier than last year. An estimated 10 percent of the Nonpareil hulls will have split by the 4th of July. That’s when Hansen, expects hull split to begin in the Sonora and Wood Colony trees, before advancing to the latest-maturing of his varieties, Fritz In addition to his own 18-acre orchard, Hansen works with a neighbor who has 500 acres of ...

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