Almond Nursery Sales: 8.33 Million Trees

The results of the survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of nurseries that sell almond trees were released Aug. 1. The totals are only for those nurseries reporting. According to the survey, at least 8.33 million almond trees were sold between July 2013 and July 2014, representing a 25% increase from the number sold the previous year. Of those sold in the 2013–2014 crop year, 72% went into new plantings, 24% were in replanted almond orchards, and 4% were utilized to replace trees within existing orchards. 
The survey was conducted at the request of the Almond Board of California to quantify the number of new almond trees being shipped by principal nurseries between June 2013 and June 2014. The results of this survey allow the industry to project new plantings and replantings — a vital tool for crop forecasting, market planning, technical and regulatory affairs input and research priorities.  
Using the NASS Almond Acreage Survey planting average of 125 trees per acre, almost 67,000 acres of almonds were planted between June 2013 to May 2014 — 26,000 of these were Nonpareil variety.  Of the total 67,000 acres planted, 48,000 acres are categorized as new almond orchard plantings and 16,000 acres were replanted orchards that had previously been in almonds. The remaining trees sold were in-orchard replacements for trees that had been lost within existing almond orchards.  
A 100% nursery participation is hoped for when the survey is repeated next spring. If you have any questions regarding the 2014 California Almond Nursery Sales Report, please contact Sue Olson.
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