STATE WALNUT PRODUCTION FORECAST DOWN

Although statewide, the walnut-bearing average is up 1% from last year, the USDA Statistics Service is forecasting 2021 production to actually be down from California’s record of 785,000 tons last year.

The reason they say, is the amount of frost damage incurred late fall of 2020, exacerbated by drought conditions which causes a higher degree of freeze injury.

The California processing tomatoes forecast is also down, currently 1.9% below last year’s total and 4.3% below what was forecast in May.

The drop is due in large part to drought concerns resulting in significant average decrease from early season intentions and extreme high temperatures in May, particularly lowering expected yields and slowing operations although crop quality was reported average and slightly above average.

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