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California Almond Crop May Set New Record

Submitted / Almond Board of California
 

Submitted / Almond Board of California

This year's California almond crop could set a new record harvest with over two billion pounds produced.

The estimate of the almond crop this year is 8 percent over last year’s total.

Some in the industry think the total could be even higher after the August harvest.

Manteca almond grower and processor Dave Phippen says prices dropped 40 percent earlier this year and that could mean savings for shoppers.

“You’re going to see reduction in costs of almonds to the ultimate consumer and that should help with consumption at a reduced price.”

Phippen says more rain this year, better pollination by bees, and new acreage coming into production helped to boost the crop.

Almonds are one of the leading commodities in California in both acreage and production and accounts for 80 percent of the world’s supply.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio