Some nut trees revealing heavy early crop loads

Some tree nut orchards in the San Joaquin Valley showing early signs of heavy crop load

Some -- certainly not all -- tree nut orchards in California's San Joaquin Valley are showing early signs of a heavy crop load this spring.

For almond growers, the word is that the Independence variety is showing itself to have enough nuts on the trees to warrant binding them with rope or propping up heavy branches to keep them from breaking.

Farm managers at Fresno State seem pleased with the early nut set and cluster size in their pistachio block on campus.

One walnut grower in Stanislaus County said his crop this year appears "about average" with "a lot of doubles but no triples to speak of" on what he characterizes as "a good bloom."

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