Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Crop status: Almonds good, Candycots dud !!

The almond crop is looking good, and the prospects for decent prices remain good. Here are pictures of a Nonpareil and a Monterey tree from the Whitmore ranch.

The Candycot bloom has been a disappointment. Lane apparently talked to John who said that their bloom has been weak too. We will have some fruit, but not nearly what we had hoped for. It looks like we will be waiting another year for serious production. :(  The major training has been done so we hope the farming expenses will be much lower this year than the previous two years.

Our beekeeper has removed the bees from Carpenter, and was gracious enough to leave some at Whitmore until the Candycots finish blooming. Bee shortages are going to be a fact of life for the foreseeable future, I guess.

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