Misshapen almond kernels in California.

I came across this article today about odd almond kernel shapes in the Sacramento Valley of California. It seems to be confined to early-blooming varieties.

Scientists said it had something to do with the warm winter and cool spring. How often does that happen?

I’m sure not eating California almonds for the next, say, 300 years.

11 thoughts on “Misshapen almond kernels in California.

  1. “Scientists said it had something to do with the warm winter and cool spring. How often does that happen?”

    According to climate records available to the public, it happens about once out of 7 years. It is called a la nina weather pattern.

    • Yeah, I was thinking if half the seasons are warm, and the other half are cool, it would happen once every 4 years.

      If it is on a cool – near normal – warm scale, it happens every 9 years.

      It’s not an explanation.

      • The weather is not the reason for the mis-shaped kernels. Mis-managed irrigation during kernel development is most likely to blame. Irrigation was poorly timed due to lack of winter rains from the la nina weather pattern. Spring was hotter than “normal” due to a la nina weather pattern These factors are involved in determining proper irrigation scheduling…and is even complicated more by late rains experienced.

        So yes, it is an explanation for people who farm almonds in CA – they experienced the weather, they struggle with determining ET rates, effective rainfall amounts, and available water within the farmed soil.

        If you have noticed in the entry, there haven’t been many comments, indicating that it probably was not a common occurrence. This, again, supports mis-management by a single (or few) farmers, because if it was a large scale event, all of California almonds would be affected, and they are not. Further support comes from work by Dr. DA Goldhamer, which shows that water stress during May/early June (i.e. kernel fill) period can lead to mis-shaped kernels. The article is open source, just google scholar DA Goldhamer and drought stress almonds and you will find it.

        I would be the first to say if something doesn’t seem right in the almond industry. I have been doing this blog for over 3 years, with weekly reports. Unlike many other people, I have nothing to prove but to extend research based information to the public.

        • Thanks. I haven’t seen your blog before today.

          There is a widespread radiation problem in California (and the rest of the US also), and there is also a global epidemic of dead and dying plants. This should be factored into the analysis.

          I don’t know if this particular problem with almonds is caused by these issues or not. Certainly there have been many photos from Japan with enlarged, misshapen, and mutated produce. Fukushima Diary has many of them.

    • Vgirl, when I went to the park, I looked at the trees and plants. EVERY tree, bush, and weed is SEVERELY affected. The only thing that was OK was the grass, but maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough.

      There will be nothing left of that park next spring. I believe it will ALL be dead.

      • Grass is more tolerant to pollution than other vegetation. If you look at leaves, they each have a particular pattern of damage depending on their cellular structure. Some have tiny round spots (stippling), and others have streaks. Chlorosis – a loss of color with prominent veins – occurs on broad leaves as does a bronze blush, ultimately ending in bad cases with partial or complete necrosis. I’m not sure why there is this variation, but I planted a bunch of bamboo and of all my plantings it’s the only that is actually thriving at least compared to everything else. But this is only minor variation – in the big picture, vegetation is all in the same predicament.

        • I know how to rule out radioactive particles as being the cause or factor in the plant damage, at least around here.

          Deposition of radioactive particles from nuclear accidents is known to be highly irregular. You could have a high amount in one spot, and low amounts a few miles away.

          What I need to do is take a small road trip around the area, say within a 25-mile radius, and visit city, county and state parks. If the damage is uniform, radioactive particles can be ruled out. But I better do this soon before the leaves fall off the trees.

          Radioactive gases could still be a factor, even if particles (aerosols) are ruled out.

  2. So disturbing that the obvious and logical explanations go undetected by the “experts”. So the great myth continues complete with almonds at the local circus.

  3. Why would i touch almonds, walnuts, or pistachio’s again considering what atrocious sin is committed to them before shipment! What chemical is that exactly? If one is ultimately a product of what one eats; do sterile foods culture sterile people?
    Pistachio’s seem to have higher rad counts if i remember correctly. Even canadian maple syrup from Quebec was revealed in Japan to have 10Bq/kg.
    I understand that many have been sickened by e-coli and worse pathogens. Is that not as a result of poor irrigation practices and elevated (and above) pollutant levels?

    Am truly sick of seeing ‘natural’ … on nut-product labels, too!
    It’s time to “RoundUp” Monsanto, pronto!

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