As hull-split continues, Madera County almond grower keeps a watchful eye on his wells

As hull-split continues, Madera County almond grower keeps a watchful eye on his wells

Hansen anticipates his 2014 crop will be smaller than last year. “It will probably be off about 25 percent to 30 percent from 2013,” Hansen says. “That would make it a fairly average-size crop.”

The Nonpareil hull split in the almond orchards which David Hansen tends near Madera, Calif., began around June 20. That’s about a week earlier than last year. An estimated 10 percent of the Nonpareil hulls will have split by the 4th of July. That’s when Hansen, expects hull split to begin in the Sonora and Wood Colony trees, before advancing to the latest-maturing of his varieties, Fritz

In addition to his own 18-acre orchard, Hansen works with a neighbor who h

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