PRODUCT MANAGEMENT BULLETIN: PM–18-027
United States Department of Agriculture
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
Risk Management Agency
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-0801
All Risk Management Agency Field Offices
All Other Interested Parties
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:
- The Prune Reference Date for all applicable California prune counties for the 2018 crop year is May 4, 2018; and
- 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 Tulare
62 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.