Kings County walnut grower’s crop reports a high-quality crop with declining yields

Kings County walnut grower’s crop reports a high-quality crop with declining yields

“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.”

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.

Raised on the family’s farm, where his grandfather planted his first walnut trees in 1948, the 51-year-old Verboon has been growing walnuts on his own since 2006. His 185-acre farm near Hanford Calif., once incl

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