Friday, January 4, 2013

Walnut yields higher than expected in 2012

Good weather and nut quality apparently led to higher yields of walnuts during this season's harvest than growers had anticipated.

The California Walnut Commission will have official figures later this month, but early indications are that production will beat initial estimates by 10,000 to 20,000 tons, said Dennis Balint, the commission's CEO.

Walnut output in California was already expected to increase this season, as the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service projected 470,000 tons to be produced compared with 461,000 tons in 2011.

“We had good quality, and when you have good quality, sometimes you're blessed also with a little more product on the trees,” Balint said. “Everything fell into place pretty well this past year.”

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