For the last month we have been visiting the filbert orchards regularly to look at the fall nut crop. Of course, it has been too early to see what the hazelnut set is, but you have to look!
Now, the end of May, first of June, we are beginning to get a glimpse at what our fall filbert crop might look like. Nuts begin to form in May, so it takes a little time for them to show. Unfortunately, we often see them first on the ground, after a wind or hail storm! Nature’s way of thinning, but how we cringe! By collecting a random sample of what is on the ground, we can get an idea what percentage of terminal leaf shoots have nut clusters on them. Below is a new filbert nut cluster on a Yamhill variety Filbert tree. Photo was taken May 28. There appear to be about 6 hazelnuts beginning to develop in this cluster.