California almond acreage inches upward

04/24/2014 02:08:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

almond at hull splitVicky BoydCalifornia's bearing almond acres continue to increase along with overall planted acres.California's almond acreage continues to grow, moving to a total of 940,000 acres in 2013 from 930,000 acres in 2012.

The figures were contained in the National Agricultural Statistics Service's annual almond acreage report released April 24.

Of the planted acres, 840,000 were bearing and 100,000 was non-bearing.

Preliminary bearing acres for 2014 is estimated at 860,000 acres, according to the report.

Nonpareil remains the most widely cultivated variety, followed by Butte, Monterey, Carmel and Padre.

Kern County also continues to lead in production, followed by the counties of Fresno, Stanislaus, Merced and Madera. Together, the five counties comprise 74 percent of total bearing acreage.

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