Monday, October 16, 2006

California Prune Harvest Jumps
WASHINGTON - Oct 12/06 - SNS -- California's 2006 prune production is forecast at 170,000 dried tons, up 17% from the June 1 forecast and 89% above the heat damaged 2005 crop, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

Bearing area, at 67,000 acres, is unchanged since last year. This year's prune crop experienced an unseasonable rainy period during bloom which hampered pollination and led to a small fruit set statewide.

As the season progressed, the crop prospects improved. This production forecast is based on a survey of prune growers conducted from August 21 through September 13.

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