California almond acreage continues to grow

04/25/2013 02:50:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

California's almond acreage continues to expand, with acreage up 4 percent between 2011 and 2012.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual California Almond Acreage Report, April 25, that put the state's 2012 almond plantings at 870,000 acres.

That compares to 835,000 acres in 2011.

Of the total 2012 acreage, 790,000 acres were bearing and 80,000 were non-bearing.

Preliminary bearing acreage for 2013 is 810,000 acres.

Kern, Fresno, Merced and Stanislaus counties lead the state in production with 63 percent of total bearing acres, down slightly from 2011, according to the report.

The nonopareil variety continues to lead in popularity, with more than 276,000 acres devoted to the variety.

Monterey, Aldrich and Carmel are a distant second, third and fourth, respectively.

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