Crop 2018 Report:
1. Iran’s 2018 pistachio crop has experienced yet another extreme weather shock this Spring (during bud-break), which has resulted in an estimated crop (IPA forecast of Mid-July 2018) of around 55,000 tons. Significantly, the largest decrease in crop volume has occurred in Kerman province, while the crop in other pistachio production regions (located north of Kerman province) in Iran has been less affected by extreme weather events in early Spring.
2. The 2018 crop quality is better compared to crop-year 2017. The prevalence of closed-shell pistachios in the 2018 crop has been reported to be as normal. However, the number of blanks (in some cases) have been slightly above average. Of course, post-harvest numbers will be more determinative as regards to blanks and closed-shell pistachios.
3. Production levels of long varieties have been superior to round in crop-year 2018.
4. Relative to the 2017 crop, 2018 has yielded a larger nut with a relatively good visual appearance.