OLYMPIA, Wash. — Hazelnut production in Oregon is forecast to be 71,000 tons, according to the objective yield survey conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Oregon Field Office. If realized, this would be a 61 percent increase from last year’s crop of 44,000 tons and a new record high, surpassing the 2018 crop of 51,000 tons. Bearing acreage increased this year to 60,000 acres, up from 50,000 acres in 2019.
The percentage of good nuts analyzed in the laboratory came in at 88 percent. The average dry weight per good nut was 3.2 grams, down from 3.3 grams in 2019. Observed average nut size was 5.6, down from 5.9 in 2019. The number of nuts picked per tree was 264 this year, compared to 201 nuts picked last year. Large nuts (NASS laboratory sizes 4, 5, and 6) accounted for 37 percent of total good nuts. Jumbo nuts (NASS laboratory sizes 7 and 8) accounted for 43 percent of the total.
Special thanks to the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board for funding this survey.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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