Growers in the Golden State expect to harvest 2.25 billion meat pounds this year, a more than 5 percent increase from the record-setting 2016 production of 2.14 billion meat pounds, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The anticipated record crop comes as shipments have so far kept pace with production. The industry capped off a big shipping year at the end of July, as domestic shipments and exports were up 14 percent and 17 percent, respectively, for the 2016-17 crop year, according to the Almond Board of California.
With harvest underway, the Almond Board is reminding growers of its recommended management practices for reducing dust. Such practices include starting with a clean orchard, planning the route to avoid extra passes, going low with sweepers but not too low, using wire tires and trying slow speeds and fans, spokesman Kyle Kapustka said.
“Almond harvest is a dusty business and dust impacts all members of the community, including growers, workers and neighbors,” Kapustka said in an email.
The board put out a series of videos and held workshops last summer to offer tips on controlling dust.
Agricultural industries have placed a greater emphasis on dust management as the failure of much of California to meet federal ambient air quality standards has prompted increased scrutiny from regional air boards.
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Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.