California’s 2013 walnut acreage is estimated at 325,000 acres, up 8 percent from 2011. Of the total acreage, 280,000 were bearing and 45,000 were non-bearing.
Of the walnut acreage reported, Chandler continues as the leading variety with 91,185 bearing acres, followed by Hartley with 34,948 bearing acres. Chandler also accounted for 66 percent of the non-bearing acreage.
San Joaquin County continues to show the largest acreage planted with 14 percent of the total, followed by Butte with 13 percent and Tulare with 10 percent each.