Ag Experts Predict Record Almond Crop in 2018

Ag experts predict we could see a record breaking year for Butte County's second largest cash crop.

Posted: May. 16, 2018 5:11 PM

The California almond crop looks to be in good shape this year, that's according to Ag experts.

They predict we could see a record breaking year for Butte County's second largest cash crop.

The USDA estimates that almond orchards here in California will produce 2.3 billion pounds of nuts this year.

In 2016, almonds were the number-two cash crop in Butte County,l bringing in 188-million dollars.

Below freezing temperatures during the Spring blooming period hurt some orchards hard, but growers who adjusted their techniques to protect their crops were able to prevent any losses.

The warmer weather recently has orchard production blossoming.

Last month, almond growers in the state were randomly surveyed and asked to give their yield per acre from last season and what they expect this season's numbers to be.

The USDA says based on the data they collected, they're projecting 30-million pounds more of almonds to be grown in 2018.

Additionally, another report showed the acreage of orchards in the state is also going up.

Last year, the USDA estimated California to have nearly 1.5 million acres of almond orchards which produced a crop value around 5-billion dollars.

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