California Almonds Hopeful for 2023 and Americans Pay More for Vegetables
**California’s almond sector is hoping for a more prosperous 2023 after a year of drought, water shortages, supply chain disruptions and inflationary pressures.
Almond Board of California President Richard Waycott told the organization’s 50th annual conference that this year was “probably the toughest we’ve had as an industry.”
California’s almond acreage decreased in 2022 for the first time in more than 25 years, with some growers toppling trees thanks to a third year of drought.
**Americans are paying up to 40% more for vegetables than in 2021, and drought is a big reason why.
A new report from Daily Mail says the increase is due, in large part, to states that grow fresh produce getting hit with water cuts because of droughts.
For example, Arizona produces 90% of U.S. leafy greens and experienced its worst drought in 1,200 years.
The nation’s top agricultural state, California, is also hurt by severe drought.
**Combine harvester sales remained positive in November, as did four-wheel drive tractor sales in both the U.S. and Canada.
But the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says total tractor sales fell in both countries.
November’s farm tractor sales fell 21% compared to 2021, with the under-40 horsepower segment seeing the biggest drop at 28%.