California almond growers stand ready to reap a record crop according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast.
More than a million acres of almond orchards stretch from Red Bluff to Bakersfield, bearing an estimated 2.25 billion pounds of nuts. That’s more than a 5 percent increase from last year.
Manteca almond grower Dave Phippen says 80 percent of the crop will be exported.
“The prices should continue to be about where they’ve been for the last 12 months, kind of a moderated price, down over a dollar a pound from the highs of two years ago," Phippen said. "So it’s good for the consumers, it’s good for all the people demanding the different varieties and styles of almonds that we provide here in California.”
California supplies over 80 percent of the world’s almond production.