California ‘cot crop up sharply

California’s apricot crop this season is forecast is 90,000 tons, up 131 percent from the 2006 crop, according to the USDA/NASS California field office.

After a much reduced crop a year ago, the production of California apricots bounced back this year. Overall, bloom was reported to be good with little rain damage. Fruit set and quality were reported to be good. Harvest began during April and continued during May.

Primary varieties harvested during May included Poppy, Early Cot, Castlebrite, Katy, Primacot, Judy's Delight, and Red Velvet.

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