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2014 Crop Estimate Down Slightly

The projected estimate for the California Almond crop yet to be harvested is 1.95 billion meat pounds, down 2.5% from last year. Yield is estimated at 2,270 pounds per acre, which is 4.6% lower than last year.

The subjective estimate is prepared by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Pacific Regional Office, and was presented at noon on May 1 in the offices of the Almond Board of California. The estimate is made by contacting a random sample of growers by phone to provide an opinion of their estimates. This year, responding growers represent 29% of the total bearing acreage, which is estimated at 860,000 acres.

An objective forecast, based on actual counts and measurements taken in 940 randomly selected orchards throughout the state’s almond growing region, will be released on June 30.

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