I am looking to plant 1 acre of hazelnut s to harvest nuts to sale, my ? Who do i talk to to get a good start for plants and the right pollinizer selection.
Knox County Illinois
Hazelnuts are not generally grown commercially in the Midwest. Most hazelnut production in the US is in Oregon, which has a radically different climate than we do. There is also some severe disease problems that can reduce the lifespan and production of hazelnuts.
Hazelnut Trees are Easy (Cornell): http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2016/10/03/hazelnut-trees-are-easy/ . Please note the brief mention of Eastern Filbert Blight. Some nurseries are listed at the end of the article.
Univ. of Illinois: http://sustainability.illinois.edu/meet-ron-revord/ . This is a bio page for a UI professor who is working on hazelnuts. Definitely worth contacting him.
Eastern Filbert Blight (Wisconsin): https://hort.uwex.edu/articles/eastern-filbert-blight/
Eastern Filbert Blight (Oregon): http://oregonstate.edu/dept/botany/epp/EFB/
The Costs and Returns of Establishing and Producing Hazelnuts in the Willamette Valley (Oregon): http://arec.oregonstate.edu/oaeb/files/pdf/EM8748-E.pdf . Some good economic information.
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