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July grape forecast: Acreage, production down

The USDA-NASS, California Field Office has released the crop production forecast for July. The latest survey for grapes was conducted during the last week of June and the first week of July.

The California all grape forecast on 80,000 bearing acres is 6 million tons, down 14 percent from last year’s large crop. Specifically, the wine grape forecast on 477,000 bearing acres is 3.20 million tons, 16 percent below last season’s record large crop.

The expected table grape production on 83,000 acres is 750,000 tons, 13 percent less than 2005, while the raisin grape production on 240,000 thousand bearing acres is forecast at 2.05 million tons, down 11 percent from last year. Raisin and table-type grape harvests continued for fresh use in the Coachella Valley.

Harvest began a couple weeks later than normal due to mild winter temperatures, which affected crop development.

The mild winter advanced the San Joaquin Valley grape crop, but the cool temperatures in March and April brought vine growth and development to a standstill.

Warmer temperatures in late May and June allowed the vines to rapidly catch up. As of early July, crop development was a couple of weeks behind in the northern coastal wine grape growing region, but was only a few days behind in the San Joaquin Valley.

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