Raisin grape crop forecast 2.1 million tons

The California raisin type variety grape forecast is 2.1 million tons, unchanged from the July forecast, according to the USDA/NASS California field office.

Based on the objective measurement survey, bunches per vine totaled 32.0 compared to 40.6 recorded in 2008.

Acreage of bearing age is 221,000.

The 2009 California raisin type grape crop is shaping up to be an average sized crop. Cooler, wetter weather early in the summer has led to some mildew problems. While berry size appears to vary greatly, berries per bunch are reported to be down.

Weather has been favorable during the growing season thus far, and vines look good. The raisin crop is ahead and maturing nicely; quality appears to be better than 2008.

The forecast is based on the results of the Raisin Grape Objective Measurement (O.M.) Survey conducted in July. The Raisin Administrative Committee provided funding for the 2009 Raisin O.M. Survey.

TAGS: Grapes
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