Almond crop numbers expected to be down

The Butte County Farm Bureau says that this week is make it or break it time for farmers, but it's not the hot temperatures that have farmers stressed.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 6:27 PM

The Butte County Farm Bureau says that this week is make it or break it time for farmers, but it's not the hot temperatures that have farmers stressed.

You might remember Heron Whiteside of Heron Fox Farm. We first met this farmer during a visit in February, when a hard frost hit his almond crop. The farm has been part of his wife's family for four generations. This week's heat he says, is to be expected.

The bigger problem on his mind -- harvest season. When we first met Heron in February, his trees were in full bloom. The frost took out one third of his trees. Heron expects his crop yield to be 15-20 percent less than average. The recent Chinese tariffs on US imports, Heron says will likely be another competitive blow.

The Almond Board of California says that the Chinese tariff on u-s almonds is up from 10 to 25 percent. Almonds are China's second-biggest import from California farms.

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