Chest­nut har­vest gets in full swing

Alpine Observer - - News -

CHEST­NUT grow­ers are rac­ing to­wards the end of the bumper har­vest spurned on by last year’s wet spring.

They say the early sea­son rain pro­duced an abun­dant crop but dry con­di­tions in late sum­mer and au­tumn lim­ited the nut size.

Wandiligong’s Deanne and Rohan Whe­lan were last Fri­day only just into what is expected to be the last month of the har­vest.

They have 200 trees of dif­fer­ing va­ri­eties with some of the late har­vest nuts yet to fall.

“The trees re­acted to that wet start with a big crop and while the nut size might be down the nuts them­selves are look­ing re­ally good,” Mrs Whe­lan said.

“The first nuts didn’t start fall­ing here in Wandi un­til March 10 which is much later than re­cent years and we have some va­ri­eties that are yet to start, so we’ll be go­ing through un­til midMay.

“With the wet weather we need to move more quickly to get them off the ground – we’re only a small grower so it’s pretty much Rohan and me do­ing all the work.”

Mrs Whe­lan said the next ma­jor mile­stone was this week­end’s Wan­dligong Nut Fes­ti­val.

“We’ll be there as part of Ch­est­nuts Aus­tralia – along with other grow­ers, talk­ing to peo­ple, roast­ing ch­est­nuts and sell­ing fresh nuts just off the tree.”

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

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