Pistachio growers expect record crop

12/13/2012 05:56:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

pistachiosVicky BoydThe 2012 pistachio crop looks like the largest on record, thanks to a larger number of split nuts and fewer closed nuts.

Based on preliminary figures from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios, the industry is looking at about 555.37 million pounds, according to the Fresno, Calif.-based American Pistachio Growers.

That surpasses the 2010 record crop of 528 million pounds.

Broken down,open inshell nuts were up 7.2 percent from last year, while closed shell nuts decreased 7.3 percent.

Altogether, the industry expects about 446.5 million pounds, or 84 percent, of open inshell and 67.7 million pounds, or 12 percent of closed shell. The remainder is shelling stock.

The one unknown is the amount of offgrades navel orangeworms will cause.

Many growers reported hard-fought battles against the pest.

The bulk of pistachios are grown in California.

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