Drought causes California to fall short of record almond harvest predictions

Steven Schubert,  ABC Rural, 9 October 2014

The Californian almond harvest has fallen short of forecasts which predicted the largest season ever. The US state produces 80 per cent of the world’s almonds, but is in one of the worst droughts in its history. As a result, there have been irrigation cutbacks and that’s one reason yields are down on expectations.  President and CEO of the Almond Board of California, Richard Waycott, says there are concerns about the ongoing effects of the drought.  I’d say most growers are thinking the actual harvest will be something below the official estimate. Richard Waycott, President and CEO of the Almond Board of California. more