Raisin production up sharply, perhaps to a record
August 13, 2013
• Harvest expected to be 25 percent above 2012
• But state’s olive production drops
(USDA/ARS photo by Peggy Greb
Central Valley growers are expected top harvest 2.40 million tons of raisin grapes this season, up 25.5 percent from the 2012 final production.
Based on the USDA’s objective measurement survey, bunches per vine total a record average of 47.7 compared to 29.1 in 2012.
Acreage of bearing age is 200,000, which means a record high yield is expected, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
“The 2013 California raisin-type grape crop is shaping up to be the largest crop since 2008,” it says. Weather conditions have been good for crop development, which is a few days ahead of normal. Mildew pressure was low, but mites were significant.
The forecast is based on the results of the Raisin Grape Objective Measurement survey conducted in July. The Raisin Administrative Committee provided funding for the survey.
But the Valley’s olive growers are expecting a decline in the number of olive harvested compared to last year, the NASS says.
The 2013 California canning olive crop forecast is 75,000 tons, down 4 percent from last year’s crop of 78,500 tons. Bearing acreage is estimated at 25,000 for a yield of 3.00 tons per acre.
The California canning olive crop outlook had been looking positive, but the crop now looks to be slightly lower than 2012, the NASS report says. One contributing factor to a lower harvest has been less irrigation water, the report suggests, citing decreased water allocations compared with last year’s and a drier than normal crop year especially in the San Joaquin.
Weather conditions during the bloom period were generally good and the crop is as much as two weeks ahead of normal. There were some isolated areas that had fruit loss that impacted the crop.