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Lack of Walnuts (IN)

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From: Ronald Elzy
Salem, IN
I have an area on my property that has 14 Walnut trees in sizes ranging from 6” to 18” in diameter. For some reason this year there are not many walnuts on the trees. In the past few years the walnuts have been plentiful. Why no walnuts this year????? Thanks

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Ronald:

Here in my area of Illinois, the black walnut crop was extremely poor due to drought -- as was our acorn crop. Black walnut is usually a consistent producer of hard mast, so I was a little surprised just how much the drought impacted black walnut production.

A decline in hard mast can usually be attributed to two factors: weather-related phenomena such as drought or late season frosts; and decline after a heavy mast year (2021).

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