Harvest of wild Black Walnuts continues this week, as beautiful weather is forecast throughout the Midwest. With most nuts now off the trees, this may be the biggest week of the season – thousands of people will enjoy the outdoors, picking up the nuts that fall naturally in yards and field. And taking them to one of 238 hulling stations in 14 states, where the nuts are hulled and the harvester is paid – still the high price of $15 per hundred pounds (after hulling) at this time. That could change as the season progresses, so harvesters are encouraged to get the nuts in soon.
So far most of the nuts have come from Missouri, but states east of the Mississippi are reporting very good activity. Leading locations to date are: Springfield and Brookline, Missouri: Rochester, Indiana; Verona and Lohman, Missouri.
We’re still expecting a harvest of over 25 million pounds, which could grow to 30 million pounds before buying ends around Nov. 6. Hopefully the nutmeat “Yield” from these nuts will be good — better than last year’s poor 6.2%.
Stay tuned for weekly updates during the harvest season.