Oregon’s Hazelnut Crop Appears To Be Smaller
According to NASS, Oregon’s hazelnut crop appears to be smaller than what growers reported in 2021. This year’s crop looks to be 68,000 tons, which would be a 12% year-over-year decrease from last year’s record high crop. Bearing acreage increased this year to 68,000 acres, up from 61,000 acres in 2021.
88% of nuts were labeled good, with the average dry weight per good nut was 2.9 grams, down from 3.2 grams in 2020. Observed average nut size was 4.7, down from 5.6 in 2020. The number of nuts picked per tree was 314 this year, compared to 264 nuts picked in 2020.
Large nuts (NASS laboratory sizes 4, 5, and 6) accounted for 42% of total good nuts. Jumbo nuts (NASS laboratory sizes 7 and 8) accounted for 23% of the total. The objective yield survey was not conducted in 2021 due to staffing shortages.
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