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Oregon Sees Major Hazelnut Harvest Increase In 2016


Shawn Loughridge runs 7 pounds of Jefferson filberts through a machine to crack the shells. Her husband Jerry's family bought the farm's working orchards in Hillsboro in 1953 and the couple leases its operation from the Loughridge siblings.

Shawn Loughridge runs 7 pounds of Jefferson filberts through a machine to crack the shells. Her husband Jerry's family bought the farm's working orchards in Hillsboro in 1953 and the couple leases its operation from the Loughridge siblings.

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Oregon saw a major upswing in hazelnut production in 2016, with growers harvesting 40 percent more nuts than the previous year.

At 43,300 tons, the state’s hazelnut crop also outperformed the USDA’s projection by 14 percent.

The situation is a big improvement over 2015, when the crop’s size fell 25 percent short of the USDA’s estimate.

Even so, experts say the uncertainty complicates the Oregon hazelnut industry’s sales planning.

Read more at Capital Press.

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