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California Almond Producers Predict Record Yield – Good News for Beekeepers (2018)
On May 31st 2018 the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2018 Almond Subjective Forecast with very promising results.
The USDA conducted a phone survey reaching out to Almond farmers across the state of California. Almond farmers were asked to give their yield per acre from 2017 as well as expected yield for this 2018 based on their field observations. The data is then complied into the Almond Subjective Report.
According to the NASS 2018 Almond Subjective Forecast, California almond farmers are expected to produce 2.30 billion pounds of almonds, up from 2017’s 2.27 billion-pound crop. This is very promising to farmers and could be good news for beekeepers.
A different report, the 2017 California Almond Acreage Report, showed bearing acres up 6% at 1 million acres. This is very good news for beekeepers as Almond farming grows, the need for bees will grow with it.
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