September 24, 2014
It's Black Walnut Week in the state of Missouri (as proclaimed by Gov. Nixon) and Black Walnut Harvest 2014 is about to begin!
Final preparations are being made by 215 hulling station operators in 11 states, where buying will begin next Wednesday, October 1. And the crop looks pretty good in Missouri and adjoining states. After last year's strong harvest of 30 million pounds, a few areas are lighter, particularly in the eastern states. But this crop overall looks better than most "off-year" crops, so we're expecting maybe around 20 million pounds. That will be enough to ensure customers continued availability through 2015 of bold-flavored Black Walnut nutmeats, and also ground nut shells for industrial uses.
We plan to be aggressive in buying this year's crop, offering the highest starting prices in all areas. If the weather cooperates, we'll see thousands of people picking up the wild nuts and delivering them to local hulling stations.
You won't want to miss it, so plan to be part of the Black Walnut Harvest 2014!