There were high hopes earlier this year after the mild winter and pleasant spring, but most in the business of black walnuts are expecting a lackluster harvest.
Buyers will start hulling the nuts this week — Monday for Hammons Products Company, Tuesday for others. And while prices are historically high, with buyers offering as much as $13 per hundred pounds after hulling, no one is expecting a run to cash in.
“It’s going to be light in my area,” said Jerry Palmer, owner of Palmer Feed and Recycling in Macks Creek. He buys black walnuts from local gatherers every year.