Waiting for the last few truckloads of harvested walnuts at his handling facility, Glenn County walnut grower Bill Carriere says he expects this season’s crop to be slightly smaller than the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast of 690,000 tons. Carriere says lower yields in the Chandler variety in the northern part of the state may mean production could reach between 675,000 and 680,000 tons.
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Glenn County walnut grower Bill Carriere, chairman of the California Walnut Commission, watches a load of walnuts move into his handling facility. Despite concerns about trade tariffs on U.S. walnut exports to countries such as China and India, Carriere says he is on track to sell his walnut crop.
Photo/Christine Souza
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