One week into October with about two more weeks left in this year’s harvest, yields in Doug Verboon’s Kings County walnut orchards were coming in about 20 percent under last year’s levels. However, the quality and the price of the nuts are running high.
“So far, so good,” Verboon says. “The quality has been great. The kernels have a nice, light color, with no staining, no mold and edible yields look pretty decent.”