California Walnut Industry Doing Very Well
Quality Is Great, Demand is
Up, So are Prices
Like other nut crops
California walnuts are doing very well on increased shipments and good pricing
According to the latest
figures there are 245,000 bearing acres in the state producing 497,000 tons
“This year, early varieties
production was down and that created a shortage early on, Carl Edith, Technical
Support Director for the California Walnut Commission in Folsom, Calif.
“Of course the late Chandler
variety, the star of the industry is just being harvested now and is high in
shell demand in China and Turkey, said Eidsath.
Driving demand even stronger is the nut’s high quality, especially its
size this season. “Prices are up for growers, especially on the jumbo/ large
Hartley variety, which was exceeding $2.00 a pound. Chandlers should do equally
well and most likely better.”
Eidsath note that consumer demand
is increasing especially in China and Turkey. “Domestic is still the biggest
user even though we export 60 percent of the crop,” he said.
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