C.C. “Skip” Hubbard, president of Chico Nut Co., examines a nonpareil-variety almond tree at Peterson Ranch in Arbuckle. Many growers reported that rain during bloom caused some set issues with this variety, because honeybees did not have enough clear weather to pollinate the crop. Even so, growers report a good almond crop this year.
Wet conditions during the late winter and spring increased the necessity of fungicide applications in California almond orchards, including at Peterson Ranch in Arbuckle.