Bad weather hits US nut production

27 January 1999

Bad weather hits US nut production

BAD weather took its toll on US nut production last year with a 25% fall, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Total nut production ran out at 903,000 tonnes, the USDA said in its annual Non-citrus Fruits and Nuts Preliminary Summary.

Hazelnuts saw the biggest fall in production – it came off 67% to 15,500 tonnes. Pecans dropped 54% to 155 million.

Walnuts fell 18% to 220,000 tonnes, while almonds dropped 31% to 520m pounds.

Pistachios rose 4% to 188m tonnes.

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