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May 18, 2018


All Approved Insurance Providers
All Risk Management Agency Field Offices
All Other Interested Parties


Richard Flournoy Deputy Administrator /s/ Richard H. Flournoy    5/18/2018


California Prune Counties – 2018 Crop Year Prune Reference Date and Average Dry County per Pound

This Informational Memorandum establishes the 2018 crop year Prune Reference Date. In addition, it provides Approved Insurance Providers with the average dry prune count per pound for calculating second-period immature prune appraisals.

Each year the Davis Regional Office (DRO) establishes the Prune Reference Date. This date occurs one to two weeks after prune pit tip hardening when 80 to 90 percent of the seed shows the presence of endosperm, a clear jelly-like substance at the bloom end of the seed.

The DRO also annually compiles prune industry data to determine the average dry prune count per pound for second-period immature appraisals. The appraised production to count for second-period immature appraisals uses the average dry prune count.


Effective for the 2018 crop year:

  1. The Prune Reference Date for all applicable California prune counties for the 2018 crop year is May 4, 2018; and
  2. The following tables shall be used to calculate second-period immature appraisals.
County Dry Prune Count
Buttle 60
Colusa 58
Fresno 63
Glenn 58
Madera 63
Merced 63
Santa Clara 63
Solano 57
Sonoma 57
Sutter 58
Tehama 59
Yolo 57
Yuba 59

For counties not included on this list that insure prunes by written agreement, contact the DRO for the applicable dry prune count per pound.


December 31, 2018.

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