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U.S. Production of Major Noncitrus Fruit and Tree Nut Forecast Mixed in 2023
The 2023/24 season has begun for many fruit and tree nuts. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecast almond, apple, apricot, grape, pear, sweet cherry, and walnut production up while peach, tart cherry, and cranberry production are expected to decrease. Good spring weather in 2023 in the Pacific Northwest was a major reason for the increased production of apples and sweet cherries. While winter and spring rainfall in California helped drought conditions, a cool spring lowered yield for some earlier blooming crops. At the same time, inadequate chill hours and spring freeze events also negatively affected production in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, leading to declines in peaches, tart cherries, and cranberries in several States.