CALIFORNIA WALNUT REPORT AUGUST 2021

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AUGUST SHIPMENTS:  The August 2021 Walnut shipments were +32,141 tons in 2021 versus 29,448 tons in August 2021 on an inshell equivalent  for an increase of +8.4

SEASON TO DATE SHIPMENTS: For the 2020 crop year, shipments are up +13.7% at 760,172 tons compared to 656,098 tons at this point in 2020.

CROP: Receipts recorded as of December 31, 2020 are +783,754 tons.

DOMESTIC/ USA: August 2021 shipments versus 2020 shipments on an inshell equivalent were up 20.2%

EXPORT: August 2021 shipments versus 2020 shipments on an inshell equivalent were down -14.8%

MARKET/ PRICING: California had an excellent year, shipping an impressive 760,172 tons. This is especially impressive given the uncertainly we all had at this time last year, a record crop on the trees in the midst of a global pandemic. If you were to ask suppliers today, they would state in unison that they sold too cheap last year, and who is to argue after selling at or below the cost of production for almost the entire season.  Suppliers are surely not willing to make that mistake again as opening prices reflected the much smaller crop than last year.

CROP ESTIMATE 2021– The NASS estimate was accurate the past several seasons and was released at 680,000 tons.  Prices for inshell are now +$1.45 per lbs FAS basis, LHP Chandler 20% at $3.50 FAS, and Chandler Halves 80% at over 4.00- $4.10 per lbs. FAS basis.   Buyers waiting for California to return to prices similar to the past 2 years will be out of luck, as growers will look to recoup recent losses.  Lower shipments for the first few months of the season will be expected, given the smaller crop.

Harvest: Harvest is beginning this week on the earlier varieties. We expect Howards to begin within the next 2 weeks, Chandlers to follow in October. Summit will continue to monitor walnut harvest and update you as it progresses.

Source: Summit Premium Tree Nuts