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Ag report on almonds shows 2010 acreage up

Written by Business Journal staff  

California’s 2010 almond acreage is estimated at 825,000 acres, up 2% from the 2009 acreage of 810,000, agriculture officials said.

Of the total acreage for 2010, 740,000 acres were bearing, and 85,000 acres were non-bearing, according to the California Field Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Preliminary bearing acreage for 2011 is estimated at 750,000 acres.

Nonpareil continued to be the leading variety in 2010, followed by Butte, Carmel and Monterey. Padre and Aldrich varieties showed significant acreage increases.

Kern, Fresno, Merced and Stanislaus were the leading production counties. They had 64% of the total bearing acreage, unchanged from the previous year.

The major source of the detailed data on almonds was a questionnaire mailed to all growers included in the NASS database. Download the detailed report in PDF format via this link.