“That’s when you’re going to start kernels that are shriveling as the tree pulls moisture back out of the nut,” he said.
“I think that’s the other thing that’s going to happen. We’ll probably have a smaller size kernel like we had in last year’s crop that tended toward the smaller sizes.”
He based his prediction on samples of developing almonds taken from orchards.
“When you’re cutting the almonds taken in the south, you’re starting to see a little bit of air gap in the early varieties, which means they will probably harden off sooner than normal,” Baker said.