The federal government today projected the California almond crop at an even 2 billion pounds this year, just shy of the record harvest of 2.03 billion pounds in 2011.
The estimate, announced at the Modesto headquarters of the Almond Board of California, is based on a telephone survey of 305 growers.
The harvest, which will start in August, will help growers meet the growing demand for almonds around the world. California accounts for about 75 percent of the supply.
The 2013 projection is up 6 percent from the 2012 harvest of 1.89 billion pounds.
Almonds are second only to milk for gross income among farm products in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
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