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USDA Predicts A Record-High Hazelnut Crop In Oregon

<p>Raw hazelnuts &mdash; like those sold washed and dried in the shell at Jossy Farms in Hillsboro during November &mdash;&nbsp; are used in the base for Hazelnut Pear Parfaits With Cardamom Cream.</p>

Jo Mancuso

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Raw hazelnuts — like those sold washed and dried in the shell at Jossy Farms in Hillsboro during November —  are used in the base for Hazelnut Pear Parfaits With Cardamom Cream.

Oregon hazelnut growers can expect a record-high crop in 2018, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The latest production forecast issued Aug. 21 calls for 52,000 tons of hazelnuts, surpassing last year’s total of 32,000 tons and the previous record of 49,500 tons set in 2001.

Meredith Nagely, manager of the Hazelnut Industry Office in Aurora, Ore., said the report comes as little surprise. Hazelnuts tend to be alternate bearing, meaning low yields one year are usually followed by higher yields the next.

Overall hazelnut acreage is also on the rise, with 72,353 acres of orchards across the state — including 40,000 acres of mature, nut-bearing trees. Total acreage has more than doubled in the last 10 years, Nagely said, and rose from 66,980 acres in 2017.

Read the full article at the Capital Press.

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