The Black Walnut Harvest is still going strong!
The weather has changed a little in the past week, with some rain and cooler days, then warmer before a cold snap. Most Missouri hulling stations still report steady activity, with nicer days a little stronger. At this point, nearly six million pounds of wild Black Walnuts have been turned in. With most nuts down now, operators expect the pace to continue with activity very strong for the next two weeks.
Of course, the weather could be a factor, with cold temperatures and periodic rain this coming weekend. Still, activity should still be good throughout the Midwest as folks get outside and find time to pick up the fallen nuts. Over 200 hulling stations throughout Missouri and 10 other Midwestern states are buying Black Walnuts harvested by hand from thousands of people in rural areas.
The highest ever is still being paid — $16 per hundred pounds (after hulling), and $15 per hundred pounds in areas east of the Mississippi River. Truly, local people have “cash on the ground.” Our goal for the harvest is still 20 million pounds, so we hope and pray that the weather continues to cooperate so folks can get the nuts in.
Buying will continue for two or three more weekends, through early November – with some operators going until November 9th. There’s still plenty of time to get out, enjoy some healthy fall air, create some memories with family & friends, and be part of this Midwest fall tradition!