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Preventing Soil Erosion in Young Hazelnut Orchards


Soil erosion can present an issue in young hazelnut orchards. Since a ton of soil per acre is only about the thickness of a penny, it doesn’t take long to displace or lose a large quantity of top soil. But according to Nick Sirovatka, acting state agronomist for Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service (ONRCS), cover crops or conservation crops can help prevent soil erosion, as well as provide more nutrients and water to the tree roots. “Before the canopy is over, there are different potentials for what you can do between the rows,” Sirovatka said. To illustrate this, he put on a demonstration during the Nut Growers Society Summer Tour at the Linn County Expo Center & Fairgrounds in Albany. Demonstration Sirovatka brought five samples from the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon. All of the samples were from Willamette soil. Sirovatka pointed out that the samples...

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Churchill Fellow visits Oregon During Global Hazelnut Expedition


Global hazelnut production is amid an era of change, expansion and discovery, and one young Briton is traveling the world to chronicle it. Tom Cannon was chosen as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellow, a rare honor that has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and compare hazelnut production strategies. His worldwide journey brought him to Oregon in September to learn how American farmers manage their orchards. Third Generation Hazelnut Grower Cannon is a third-generation hazelnut—known as a cobnut in the United Kingdom (UK)—farmer in Kent, a county on the southeast coast of Great Britain that is home to most of the country’s hazelnut industry. The family manages 100 acres of hazelnuts, along with a diversified berry enterprise; Cannon recently launched an online store for the family farm that enables them to fill and ship custom orders direct to consumers. “Our cobnut industry has a long history, and...

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NGS Hazelnut Summer Tour 2019


Many of the 800 adults who attended the 2019 Nut Growers Society Annual Summer Tour hadn’t been on a school bus in years. But they crowded onto the long yellow busses and sat two to a seat for the hazelnut field trip. There was much joking amongst the growers about how much smaller the seats seemed since their school days. Busses departed two at a time, every 45 minutes on July 31, from the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon, heading a few miles north to Millersburg. Christy Cooke, president of the Nut Growers Society, was the narrator aboard one of the first busses out the gate that morning. She mentioned that soil quality in the Millersburg area is a mixed bag. It includes some of the richest, well-drained soil in the state, suitable for both orchards and row crops. On the flip side, the area also...

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Fertilizing Important Points to Consider when Fertilization Hazelnuts


Telly Wirth, of Tangent, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, has this take on fertilizing hazelnuts: With each grower, each orchard, each season and each year, the needs will vary. Moving to Hazelnut Production The Wirth family’s operation was originally a grass seed and grain farm, with some acreage planted in legumes and vegetable seed. With the bans on traditional field burning to kill pests, and disease spores, came the need for more chemical use—along with greater expense—to protect the grass seed. So, Telly began searching for a more profitable crop. About 10 years ago, hazelnuts entered the picture for the Wirth family. Telly’s family started farming in the early 1950s in the Crabtree, Oregon area. When his dad, Dennis was two years old, the Wirth family migrated 23 miles southwest to Shedd, where Dennis started out farming with his brother, Don. The brothers eventually separated their operations, passing down the management...

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Crop and Marketing Predictions from the 2019 World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress


More than 60 countries were represented at this year’s World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, which was held in Boca Raton, Florida. Nearly 1,300 people attended, many of them presidents and CEOs from the world’s leading nut and dried fruit companies and organizations. The Congress, or INC (International Nut and Dried Fruit Council), as it is affectionately called, is the largest international gathering of its kind. It’s an annual event for leaders in the industry—big marketers, customers and producers—to network, search out opportunities, and enjoy relaxing social activities with like-minded people. At these congresses, attendees receive crop forecasts, updates on industry statistics, as well as updates on marketing and consumer demand. Hazelnuts Troy Johnson, Managing Director of Laurel Foods, has been a regular attendee and contributor at INC. “My first INC was Barcelona in 2001 and I’ve been to everyone one since with the exception of South Africa in 2002....

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