PRODUCT MANAGEMENT BULLETIN: PM–23-039
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 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:
- The Prune Reference Date for all applicable California prune counties for the 2023 crop year is May 19, 2023; and
- 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
December 31, 2023