Fog rolls over the tops of young almond trees in an orchard along Coffee Road in northwest Bakersfield in this file photo from Dec. 23.

New data showing California acreage for Kern’s fourth highest-grossing crop shrank in the past year, even as bearing acreage expanded, has come as overall positive news for an industry suffering from oversupply.

Numbers last month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service suggest total almond acreage declined by 1.2% last year to settle at 1.63 million acres across the state.

Californian Business Editor John Cox can be reached by phone at 661-395-7404.