Reflecting on the Almond Harvest and Price
“This crop was going to be around 2.9 or 3 billion. I've seen the up North, such as Merced-north growers had an unbelievable yield,” said Harris. “We hear in Bakersfield and areas around Kern County certain companies were up 8%. But up North is up like 30% or more”
Harris said that some of his older almond trees did not do that well.
“I'm a little disappointed in my older 25-year-old trees that we had around here. I thought they'd go from 1700 pounds in 2019 to maybe 2200 pounds or 2300 pounds this year. And that didn't happen for us,” he said.
“We may see a lot of older orchards come out. I also believe that the growers are starting to realize what's the price is around $1.60 a pound. So, if your farming cost is $3,500 and you divide it by a $1.60 you better be making 2,300 pounds or you not going to make any money,” Harris explained. “Pollinator varieties are even lower---around $1.40 per pound.”
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