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Nut Output Jumps

WASHINGTON - Sep 11/20 - SNS -- Production of walnuts and hazelnuts are posting solid gains this year, according to the latest USDA crop production update.

Hazelnut production in Oregon is forecast at 71,000 tons, up 61% from last year's final utilized production of 44,000 tons. The September forecast is based on the hazelnut objective measurement survey.

Survey data indicated the percentage of good nuts analyzed in the laboratory was 88%. The average dry weight per good nut was 3.2 grams, down from 3.3 grams in 2019. The number of nuts picked per tree was 264 this year, up from 201 nuts the previous year. Walnuts: The 2020 California walnut production is forecast at 780,000 tons, up 19% from last year's 653,000 tons. The forecast is based on the walnut objective measurement survey conducted August 1 through August 20, 2020.

Data indicates an average nut set of 1,197 per tree, up 22% from 2019's average of 983. Percent of sound kernels in-shell was 98.5% Statewide. In-shell weight per nut was 22.0 grams, while the average in-shell suture measurement was 32.2 millimeters. The in-shell cross- width measurement was 33.2 and the average length in-shell was 38.6 millimeters.

Utilized Production of Nuts by Crop - States and United States: 2019
and Forecasted September 1, 2020
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                              :          Utilized Production
        Crop and State        :---------------------------------------
                              :       2019        :       2020
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                              :                 tons
                              :
Hazelnuts in-shell basis      :
Oregon .......................:       44,000              71,000
                              :
United States ................:       44,000              71,000
                              :
Walnuts in-shell basis        :
California ...................:      653,000             780,000
                              :
United States ................:      653,000             780,000
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