The California almond industry is poised to produce an all-time record crop close to the two billion pound mark. Trees have a heavy almond load with smaller nuts. Springtime cool and wet growing conditions will likely delay the fall harvest by several weeks compared to normal.</p>
California almond huller-sheller operators are preparing for large almond deliveries this fall. Pictured is the Central California Almond Grower Association facility in Kerman (2006 photo).</p>
Almond growers report reduced pest and disease pressures this year due to cooler spring and summer temperatures.</p>
Mike Kelley, almond sheller-huller and CCAGA president/CEO, predicts a 2011 California almond crop in the 1.85 billion pound to 1.90 billion pound range.