Hazelnut Happenings This Summer
We joined our fellow growers at the Annual Nut Growers Society Tour on August 7th to discuss crop updates, learn about techniques in the field, and of course, eat schnecken (it’s a tradition!).
With the USA ranking as the fifth largest producer of hazelnuts in the world and Oregon growing about 99% of that crop, it’s no wonder there was a lot to talk about! This year, hazelnut harvest is expected to begin 10 to 14 days earlier than last year, allowing us to gear up for the Chinese New Year celebrations that often include hazelnuts. Our growers are expecting an above average crop, which one grower described that his trees branches are, “breaking under the pressure!”
Oregon hazelnuts are touted as high quality and consistent, just a few of the reason why hazelnut demand is increasing. In the next 10 to 20 years, China will double its consumption of nuts, requiring greater production overall. Another reason for increased hazelnut demand is due to a below average almond crop, driving consumers to consider other nut options.
We are expecting a nice crop this year and look forward to hearing about your experiences with Oregon hazelnuts! For more coverage on the growers tour, click here! Feel free to drop a line in the comments section below, would love to hear from you!