In December 2022, the California Avocado Commission surveyed industry handlers to develop the following 2023 California Avocado Pre-Season Crop Estimate*:
- Hass: 243 million pounds
- Lamb-Hass: 7 million pounds
- GEM: 6 million pounds
- Other: 1 million pounds
- Total: 257 million pounds
*Please note the California Avocado Commission’s crop year is aligned with the calendar year (January 1st through December 31st) and therefore information provided is for the 2023 calendar year.
The Commission also has compiled detailed crop projections, including:
- Industry volume estimates, broken down by month and variety, based on AMRIC Handler Survey responses
- Weekly harvest projection utilizing AMRIC Handler Survey percentages for Hass variety (4-year historical forecast used for Lamb, GEM and Other)
- Weekly harvest projection comparison of 4-year historical forecast versus AMRIC Handler Survey
The Commission will remain in contact with growers, handlers and grove managers throughout the season, via surveys and telephone conversations, to track harvest strategy and will provide updated forecasts to the industry as they become available. As has been done in the past, CAC will follow up with handlers in February to discuss crop volume and harvest plans before the season gets underway.
In addition to handler surveys and discussions, the annual grower crop survey and acreage inventory survey will be conducted in Spring 2023, with a mid-season crop estimate update available mid-May 2023. — By the California Avocado Commission