A survey of randomly selected almond growers is being conducted to determine what effect the drought is or will have on their farming operations this year.
The survey, which covers the impact of surface water supply, groundwater availability and quality, orchard removal and new orchard plantings, is being conducted by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For growers who haven’t responded to the survey, the NASS Pacific Region Office will be following up with phone calls beginning the week of July 7 and continuing to about July 25. According to Dave DeWalt, deputy director of NASS Pacific Region Office, tentative plans are for the results to be released Aug. 5.
If you received the survey in the mail and haven’t yet responded, please do so, as this will give the industry a better idea of where the crop size is heading.