As reported by the California Prune Board, a series of storms in December brought much-needed rain and snow to California, helping to recharge reservoirs and soil. More is needed to ensure ample supply for the spring and summer growing months. At the time of this writing, chill hours, necessary to help establish a healthy bloom in March, appeared to be on track. Global supply restrictions, an average-sized crop supported by managed inventory, and continued strong domestic and export sales have kept handlers busy filling customer orders of premium California Prunes. Supply-chain challenges, particularly delays and cancellations of scheduled ocean freight, remain problematic worldwide.


As informed by the Chile Prunes Association, overall growing conditions during 2021 were favorable and bloom was reported successful without drought losses. Harvest started in mid-February and production is anticipated to be good.

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