Disappointing Almond Crop



WASHINGTON - Jul 11/19 - SNS -- The 2019 California almond total production (shelled basis) is forecast at 2.20 billion pounds, down 12% from the previous forecast and 4% below the previous year, according to the latest USDA production forecast for 2019.

Significant rainfall during the bloom hindered pollination and strong winds were reported to have damaged trees and knocked off some nuts. Instances of rain persisted through April and May, prompting concerns about disease pressure and warranting extra fungal applications. Cooler than average temperatures have continued throughout the growing season and the crop development was about a week behind last year.


Almond Production - States and United States: 2018 and Forecasted July 1, 2019
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                       :             Total production (shelled basis)
         State         :-----------------------------------------------------------
                       :            2018             :            2019
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                       :                       1,000 pounds
                       :
California ............:          2,280,000                     2,200,000
                       :
United States .........:          2,280,000                     2,200,000
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