Weather conditions for the incoming crop have been excellent, with plenty of chilling hours and good water availability, so, provided that there are no weather disruptions up until harvest, a large production is expected. The crop for the 2022/2023 season is forecasted nearer the potential of 1.5 million metric tons (in-shell basis), at 1.4 M MT, which is a significant increase over the past three years, when production was affected by frosts and drought during the blooming season.
The planted area amounts to around 500,000 hectares and is still expanding as there has been a lot of investment and promotion of new varieties with lighter color and less tannin taste.
According to industry sources, due to better-than-expected shipments through May and June, the 2021/22 carryout is estimated slightly lower than previously anticipated. The 2022/23 crop is forecasted at 715,000 MT, up by 9% from 2021/22. Spring conditions were very good for crop development and most growing regions in California have a better crop than last year. Even though there have been some removals of orchards, they were of older low-production orchards and the few that are being replaced are being done with Chandler. Although there has been a slowdown in new plantings, there are still young orchards u2013that were planted in the past 4-5 yearsu2013 coming into production.
As reported by Chilenut, harvesting concluded last May, with a forecasted 2022 crop of 170,000 MT, up 4% from 2021. The output is very good in terms of quality, sizes and yield. Extra light and light colors accounted for 93% of the crop. Sizes are within a normal range, with 91% of the crop above size 30.
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