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Turkish Hazelnut Update

Turkish Hazelnuts

As many of you know, Turkey is the largest supplier of hazelnuts in the world. Turkey represents roughly 75% of the world’s production of hazelnuts. Turkey is also the world’s largest hazelnut exporter. It ships more than 245,000 tons to various parts of the world. European countries remain Turkey’s top export destination, buying more than […]

A Letter From COO Greg Thorsgard

Now three months into the Hazelnut Growers of Oregon COO position, I have to say that I am thrilled to be at HGO and to be a part of the exciting changes happening here.   My goal for HGO is to be the No. 1 processor of hazelnuts in North America in the next five […]

Welcome New HGO Team Members: Matt & Anthony

Matthew Gillespie, Marketing & Innovation Manager Matthew Gillespie joins the HGO team with over 15 years in the Natural and Organic Food Industry, managing a category portfolio ranging from cold cereal and snacks to confection and frozen prepared meals. No stranger to working for agricultural cooperatives, Matt’s last position was with Oregon Cherry Growers where […]

Orchard Cleanup

As we approach harvest, hazelnut growers are busy cleaning up their orchard floors to achieve a smooth surface prior to nut fall. Flail mowing or scraping helps to reduce leaves, sticks and other detritus that makes up the majority of the cleaning fees at the wash station. Growers in rocky areas can either use specialized […]

Grower Spotlight: The Deconinck & Cuff Family

The Deconnick family started their farming operation in 1953 in the French Prairie region South of St Paul, Oregon. Their farm in the early days mainly consisted of Kentucky bluegrass and wheat. As the years went on, they moved to perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, bentgrass, as well as clover. In 2009 they started planting hazelnuts […]

Operations Update

HGO Plant Operations Update

With just about a year in operation, we are busy planning for the new harvest year. The challenges of starting a plant with new equipment and a new team have given us a great list of lesson’s learned and are working through them to ensure that we improve our processes and increase efficiencies. Here at […]

Filbertworm Monitoring & Control

Filbertworm is the most important insect pest for hazelnuts, resulting in significant losses if no control measures are taken. The old standard was to spray based on a calendar or growth stage. This generally works, but growers can easily over or under apply without monitoring. Over application is not only costly but can damage beneficial […]

Global Hazelnut Demand Expected to Increase 6.75% Annually

We have some interesting global headlines to follow from the recent meeting of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress held in Boca Raton. First the good news, Global demand is on pace to increase at a steady 6.75% annual rate. The challenging news is that global supply is expected to increase 14% in the […]

June 2019: From the CEO’s Desk

Growers, I am proud to share with you, that HGO continues to take steps to achieve their goal in becoming the largest processor and marketer of value-added hazelnut products in North America. Recently, the HGO team, led by our new General Manager Greg Thorsgard, has accomplished some exciting things. In May, HGO achieved an SQF […]