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Second Largest Almond Harvest

WASHINGTON - Jul 12/21 - SNS -- The 2021 California almond production (shelled basis) is forecast at 2.80 billion pounds, down 13% from the previous forecast and down 10% from the previous year, according to the USDA.

If realized, this will be the second highest total production on a shelled basis on record.

The 2021 almond crop experienced a mostly dry winter and mild temperatures provided ideal conditions during the almond bloom. Growing conditions in April and May were also excellent for the developing crop, but there were days of record high temperatures in June that lowered expectations.

The greatest concern for growers is the lack of water in areas without access to wells. Without enough irrigation, yields have been reduced and some growers have stripped nuts before harvest to save their trees for next year.

Almond Production - States and United States: 2020 and Forecasted July 1, 2021
                       :             Total production (shelled basis)
         State         :-----------------------------------------------------------
                       :            2020             :            2021
                       :                       1,000 pounds
California ............:          3,115,000                     2,800,000
United States .........:          3,115,000                     2,800,000

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