The Black Walnut Harvest is still going!
The past week has seen a pause as rain continued to put a “damper” on nut picking. But that’s about to change, with clear days and nice fall weather for the next week or so. So we’re hoping for a big surge of activity at hulling stations this weekend and next week.
At this point, nearly 8 million pounds of wild Black Walnuts have been turned in. This is much less than expected. A lot of nuts are now on the ground, and many nut pickers tell us that they still have work to do. So operators, particularly those in southern Missouri, expect the pace to pick back up with activity strong for the next 10 days or so.
Folks still have time to get outside to enjoy the healthy outdoor air and pick up the fallen nuts.
The highest price 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 new goal for the harvest is 15 million pounds – up a bit from last year, and just enough to keep our plant going through next June. We hope and pray that the weather continues to cooperate so folks can get the nuts in.
Buying will continue through early November – with many operators going until November 7th and some beyond. 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!