Almond Pollination Update

By Joe Traynor, Scientific Ag Company   10/30/13
Looking for (REAL) Late-Blooming Soft-Shells

 
Robust almond prices have caused a surge in new acreage.  Almost all new current plantings are soft-shell varieties due to the price gap between soft and hard-shells -- now 50 cents/lb and growing.  The major China and India markets purchase in-shell almonds and either sell them in-shell (often for gifts) or use cheap labor to punch out the kernels – easily done with soft-shells, difficult with hard-shells. Growing hard-shells is still profitable at current prices, but...

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