Tulare County pistachio grower awaits answers to two big questions about this year’s crop

Tulare County pistachio grower awaits answers to two big questions about this year’s crop

Meanwhile, like their other crops, the Wattes’ pistachios have taken good advantage of this spring’s warm weather. “They’re developing about a week ahead of usual,” says Brian. “The clusters are all formed with a lot of big, beautiful nuts. The shells are close to harvest size. It looks like it could be a very nice crop, if the kernels develop.”

It’s so far, so good for George Watte & Sons’ 2014 pistachio crop now growing on the family’s 300 acres of producing trees near Tulare, Calif.

Brian and his brother, Mark, own and operate the farm which their father and uncle started more than 50 years ago. Today, the farming business also includes a 1,200-cow dairy herd and several thousand acres of row crops, like alfalfa, corn and cotton. The brothers have another 300 acres of young, non-bearing pistachio tree

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