Hamburg, August 24, 2021
Oregon Hazelnut Crop Update - August 2021
It has been about a month since our previous update and the crop has been developing nicely.
This week a press release came out that the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will not be providing a hazelnut forecast due to a labor shortage. A recent interview with some of the other Oregon hazelnut processors was released, and they are estimating the harvest to be 65,000-72,000 tons (the previous estimate was 54,500 tons).
We’ve continued to experience hot, dry weather and the trees are showing sun damage but are full with nutlets, as shown in the pictures below. Hazelnut Growers of Oregon feel this year’s crop will be good with regard to yield and quality however, they expect some kernel shrivel due to the high heat we’ve had this summer. Also, it is unknown how this year’s extreme heat will impact next year’s crop.
Hazelnut Growers of Orgegon are of the opinion the harvest may come in a bit early, but it is hard to estimate as the weather pattern is cooling down now. Together with HGO we are watching the timing of harvest closely and evaluating when new crop offers will begin. Please feel free to reach out if you have further questions.