Records Broken as Almond Harvest Is in Full Swing
A record 2,600-pounds-per-acre yield has been projected by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for the 2011–2012 California Almond crop, an increase of 200 pounds per acre, or 8%, over the previous yield-per-acre record set in 2008–2009. The California Almond objective forecast for the 2011–12 crop year is 1.95 billion meat pounds, which is based on 750,000 bearing acres. Overall, shipments were up 13%, reaching 1.668 billion pounds and marking the fifth consecutive year of record shipments across domestic and export markets.
For the second year, California shipped over 1 billion pounds to export destinations, an increase of 15% over 2010–11. Domestic shipments were up 9% over the previous year, at 490 million pounds. The top five export destinations (China, Spain, Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates) account for approximately 53% of total export shipments, while the top 10 destinations account for over 72% of export shipments. For the first time, China became the leading export destination, with shipments rising by 26% to reach 168 million pounds.