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Land IQ Reports and Spatial Acreage Maps

The Almond Board of California provides a comprehensive mapping analysis to improve the precision, accuracy and transparency of information about the almond industry.

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2020 Removed Acreage – Initiate Estimate
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2020 Standing Acreage – Initial Estimate – Bearing Only
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2019 Standing Acreage - Final Estimate
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2018 Standing Acreage - Final Estimate
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2016 Standing Acreage - Final Estimate
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2014 Standing Acreage - Final Estimate

Understanding the impacts and opportunities of almond production is fundamental to responsible resource management, regulatory compliance and planning for the sustainable future of California agriculture. Mapping products are developed in partnership with Land IQ, a Sacramento-based agricultural and environmental scientific research and consulting firm. The maps constitute a comprehensive, living map of California Almonds that draws upon multiple sources of information and extensive validation to create a highly accurate, orchard-by-orchard view of the industry.

Behind the maps is a robust data set.

The 2019 Standing Acreage Final Estimate includes estimated almond acres, bearing and non-bearing, by county and by year planted from 1984 through 2017. It is based on standing acreage in 2019 and is also reflected in the 2019 almond acreage map layer. Bearing acreages have all been verified via ground truthing and/or spatial approaches.1 Non-bearing acreages represent, 2018 and 2019 plantings. All non-bearing acreages should be considered as estimates at this time and will be finalized following completion of the 2021 mapping.

Beginning in 2019, the Almond Board adjusted the mapping process to include annual reporting that now involves the release of two acreage summaries: an initial estimate delivered in June that includes a bearing acreage estimate and a final estimate delivered in December that includes bearing and non-bearing acreage estimates for the same production year. The December estimate, which builds off the initial estimate provided earlier in the year, utilizes a combination of extensive ground truthing and advanced remote sensing analytics to refine Land IQ’s initial findings. The ground truthing effort maps a subset of the almond orchard population throughout the Central Valley as well as all other crops along a nearly 4,000-mile route. Land IQ then uses this data to calibrate algorithms in a remotely sensed image analysis process. This process differentiates almond orchards from other tree and annual crops.

Findings from the spatial map are being used by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to fine-tune the official almond acreage reports and other forecasts and reports, and serve as a complementary almond industry resource. The USDA-NASS crop and acreage reports are the official USDA estimates and will continue to be the official statistics for the almond industry.

In the past, Land IQ data has indicated that California almond acreage is higher than USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Almond Acreage reports

See the Almond Industry Maps factsheet to learn more about the map’s methodology, findings, applications and how it compares to official industry statistics.

Need assistance?

If you need help accessing or navigating the maps, please contact Land IQ’s support staff at technical.support@landiq.com or (916) 265-6330.