Blue Diamond Almonds Bloom Update March 12, 2021

March 15th, 2021

This report covers the conditions and activities observed from March 5, 2021 to March 11, 2021. This will be the final report covering bloom for 2021. The next crop report is scheduled for Monday 3/29/21. Additional updates will be posted as needed.

Stormy weather punctuated the final few days of bloom in California. The wind and rain knocked off the few petals remaining in most orchards and now a sea of green leafy tissue has taken its place. While thunderstorms, rain, and some hail were reported throughout the state, damage appears uncertain to the overall crop at this time. In general bees have had enough hours to pollinate the almond crop. The size of this year’s crop is going to be determined by how many nuts the trees can support after a record crop last year depleted extra nutrients from the orchards. Growers are tempering their expectations. Read more