Off-Year Pistachio Production
By Patrick Cavanaugh,
The U.S. Pistachio industry,
which includes mostly California, but also Arizona and New Mexico is about to
harvest nearly one hundred million pounds less than what was expected earlier this
executive director of the Fresno-based American
Pistachio Growers told California Ag Today that the current subjective
estimate by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios, the industry's Federal
Marketing Order, is 450 to 475 million pounds.
“We had thought that we would
be producing 550 million pounds this season and it’s based on two things,”
noted Matoian. “First, last season’s on-year crop was not as large as we
thought when it came in at 555 million pounds—a record crop. Secondly we were
anticipating all the new acres that would be bearing this year.”
“But there was a prolonged
hot spell during the summer, which produced a smaller-sized nut, which means
less weight,” Matoian said. “And there are also reports of higher than normal
blanking---greater than 20 percent. In addition there were less nuts per tree."
|Fewer Nuts Per Cluster were observed this year.|
Less volume in a tremendously
high demand crop tends to raise prices, which is good for growers. However
there may be shortages of crops, which will mean some customers may not get
what they expect in volume.
“We would rather have a
moderate and profitable price instead of high spikes,” said Matoian. “On top of that, we want a good supply for our customer base as well as our expanding
“There may be an issue of allocation for all of our customers, and we are disappointed that we will not
be able to expand our markets as we have planned,” he noted. “It’s critical
that we expand our markets because we know we have big crops coming.”
A short crop limits the
opportunities of marketing and promoting pistachios around the world. “We were hoping to increase business in
countries such as Korea and Vietnam, but a shorter crop will hinder us in
expanding out,” Matoian said.
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