California's almond bloom is all but complete
Another month done for 2021. The almond bloom progressed rapidly and is all but complete for the later varieties. Every day we are seeing increased petal fall and many orchards are showing leaf growth with nutlets forming on the early varieties.
It has been another bloom free of any weather issues, just as we saw last year. California runs at 59% to normal with the snow pack and it remains another dry winter in the valley. It should be noted that we can still have some strong storms roll through in March and we remain hopeful that this will be the case. Normally our rainiest months are in this order: January, December, February and finally March. If we have a repeat of last year, there is a good chance of making up for the dry season so far.
The almond market has been unstable for the last two weeks, both in sales and pricing levels. Typically, when the market reaches the bottom, the grower support disappears. When prices start rising again, the buyers step away. With the February shipping report coming out this week (March 11th) this should help to set the stage for the months ahead, and give us a peek of what is to come for the remaining crop year.