Frequent rains and wind caused a few hurdles for California almond growers, whose orchards could have benefited from more calm weather to encourage fly time from honeybees to pollinate and set the 2017 crop.
As farmers evaluate their orchards in advance of the first official government estimate, they say the almond crop looks good, all things considered. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is due to release its initial, subjective estimate of California almond production on May 10. The department's objective measurement will be released July 6.
"I'm hearing about a good statewide crop, but certainly not a record crop," said Franz Niederholzer, University of California Cooperative Extension orchard systems farm advisor in Colusa. "The weather was rotten during early bloom and much of the nonpareil bloom, but cool weather helped stretch out the bloom that was to follow. The nonpareils don't look great, but they don't look awful in the blocks that I've seen."