California’s almond crop could be the third largest on record

California’s almond crop is forecast up this year and could be the third largest on record.

“California’s 2023 almond production on a shelf basis is forecast at 2.6 billion pounds, up 1% from last season’s crop. If realized, 2023 almond production would be the third largest on record behind 2020 and 2021. While water availability was a minor concern this year, unseasonably cold temperatures and stormy weather conditions during almond bloom negatively impacted pollination. While the preliminary 2023 yield estimate is down 1% from last year, fairing acres are estimated to reach a record-breaking 1.38 million, a 30,000-acre increase from 2022,” said USDA agricultural economist Catherine Weber.

California is the sole producer of almonds for the U.S. and provides 80 percent of the world supply.

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