Subjective Estimate for 2012 Almond Crop Released

The initial subjective estimate released today by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) for the 2012 California almond crop is 2 billion pounds, in line with market expectations. The new crop is estimated to be 1.5 percent below 
last year’s record production of 2.03 billion pounds.

This year’s crop looks promising. February’s unseasonably warm and dry weather across the state created favorable bloom conditions. An early March frost impacted growers in the southern San Joaquin Valley, followed by an April hailstorm that affected orchards in Merced County. Recent weather in the Sacramento Valley has been outstanding.

Look for further updates later this month.