1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop 0801
Washington, DC  20250-0801


July 20, 2023


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


Richard H. Flournoy, Deputy Administrator /s/ Richard H. Flournoy    7/20/2023


California Prune Counties – 2023 Crop Year Prune Reference Date and Average Dry Count per Pound

This Bulletin establishes the 2023 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 2023 crop year:

  1. The Prune Reference Date for all applicable California prune counties for the 2023 crop year is May 19, 2023; and
  2. The following tables shall be used to calculate second-period immature appraisals.
County Dry Prune Count   County Dry Prune Count
Butte 58   Solano 54
Colusa 57   Sonoma 54
Fresno 61   Sutter 57
Glenn 58   Tehama 58
Madera 61   Tulare 61
Merced 60   Yolo 55
Santa Clara 60   Yuba 58
For counties that insure prunes by written agreement that are not included on this list, contact the DRO for the applicable dry prune count per pound.

December 31, 2023

USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider