The storms came through with a vengeance during the Winter and they’ve kept right on through the Spring. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada is higher than it has been for years and that is good news for farmers down below. It means that we should have plenty of water throughout the Summer. That’s why I’m making sure all the mini-sprinklers are working properly. Actually, conditions are very similar to last year, and as noted here, that was indeed a record crop. No one is looking for anything quite that big this year however, maybe 350 to 400 million pounds (compared to 520 plus last year!) The reason for this is that Pistachio Trees, like a long distance runner, basketball player, or any high level athlete need time to recuperate. They are just on a slower cycle. So they are a little worn out after last year’s record breaking performance, but with plenty of water and good growing conditions this Summer, we should have a very nice crop of healthy, delicious Pistachios to harvest next Fall.