2015 California Walnut Nursery Sales Report
The primary objective of the California Walnut Nursery Sales Report survey is to estimate planted acres by variety for the 2015 crop year based on the number of walnut trees sold for new plantings. This report summarizes data supplied by California nurseries throughout the State who sold to walnut growers for commercial plantings. Results from this survey will be used in conjunction with the Walnut Acreage Survey to estimate the walnut acres in California.
Questionnaires were mailed to all known walnut nurseries in California, and responses were received from most operations. Nurseries that did not report data were estimated. The nurseries were asked to report the number of trees sold by variety for commercial plantings, and to estimate the percentage of trees sold for new plantings. Acres planted by variety were then estimated based on the data reported. Acre estimates were calculated using the reported number of trees sold, along with the trees per acre by variety from the Walnut Acreage Survey.
The USDA, NASS Pacific Regional Office sincerely appreciates the nurseries for providing the information. A special thanks is due to the California Walnut Board for providing funding and support for this special Walnut Nursery Sales Report survey.
Combined sales of walnut trees to California growers were 18,021 acres for the 2015 crop year. The Chandler variety accounted for the largest percentage of new plantings at 75.8 percent. The Tulare variety came in second at 14.0 percent, followed by the Howard variety at 6.0 percent. The remaining percentage by variety can be seen in the pie charts.