Today, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released this year’s Almond Subjective Forecast, which reports that California’s almond orchards are expected to produce 2.2 billion pounds of nuts this year, an increase of about 2.8 percent above last year’s 2 billion pound crop.
Farmers throughout the state were asked, by phone survey, to estimate what their own orchard will produce this year. Those estimates were then combined and extrapolated to arrive at the Almond Subjective Forecast.
In July, when harvest is nearing, the release of the Objective Report will provide a more accurate estimate of the crop of almonds that can be expected this year. Both reports are conducted by the USDA and funded by Almond Board of California to provide almond farmers, processors and shippers with predictions to help them make business decisions.