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FOLSOM, Calif. (September 2, 2011) – Today, the USDA NASS California Field Office released the annual crop estimate for walnuts, predicting the annual walnut yield to be 485,000 short tons. Slightly lower than last year’s record breaking crop of 503,000 short tons, the 2011 estimate suggests the second largest crop on record and will be confirmed in February 2012.
California walnuts account for 99% of the commercial U.S. supply and 78% of world supply. In the past year, approximately 40% of available product was shipped domestically and 60% was shipped to export markets, making California walnuts the fifth largest California export. Since 2002, domestic shipments have increased 24%.
Originally posted by calstorm
Unfortunately, I know a lot of people from that county, friends of the family and such, and meth is a huge problem there, so I could easily see this as being drug related.