As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar (Capital Press)

As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar (Capital Press)
Oregon State University’s hazelnut program, funded by growers and headed by renowned breeder Shawn Mehlenbacher, developed a series of blight-resistant varieties that frankly saved the industry. Growers nursed their older orchards along with stringent pruning and spraying programs while the new trees, which take about four years to mature, settled in and began producing at commercial levels.