The 2015 Oregon Hazelnut Production Forecast was released late August. Hazelnuts are Oregon’s 8th leading producing commodity. The USDA performed a series of tests to gather information about the upcoming crop. Here’s how they conducted the survey:
Sample size was 300 orchards, 282 were submitted. Samples trees and branches were picked at random.
Nuts from each orchard were taken, counted and subsampled.
Husks were pealed away.
Hazelnuts were sized.
Nuts were then cracked and weighed and bad ones were discarded.
There were 105,104 nuts picked, with 26,108 subsampled. Out of the subsamples, 22,777 tested as good (87.2%).
USDA projects a crop of 39,000 tons, a 4% increase from last year’s 37,500.
The average dry rate was 3.17 grams per nut compared to last years 3.25 grams.