Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day set


SPOONER – The eighth-annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, W6646 Hwy. 70 in Spooner.

The purpose of the field day is to introduce attendees to the emerging new crop of bush-type hazelnuts and to tour the Wisconsin Hazelnut Production Trial.  Jason Fischbach, the UW-Extension food and energy woody crop specialist, will present an overview of hazelnut production in Wisconsin and provide information to beginning growers on plant selection, establishment and management.  There will be a tour of the hazelnut production trial planted in 2011 and opportunity to learn about ongoing efforts to improve the genetics of hazelnuts. Hazelnut growers, current or prospective, are encouraged to attend.  The field day is free and open to the public, but preregistration is encouraged by contacting Fischbach at 715-373-6104, ext. 5, or jason.fischbach@ces.uwex.edu.

The hazelnut industry is new but growing in Wisconsin with more than 90 growers experimenting with hybrid hazelnuts produced from crosses between the American hazelnut, native to Wisconsin, and the European hazelnut. The annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day is intended to assist growers and help the fledgling industry grow in Wisconsin. “Hazelnuts are an exciting new crop with tremendous potential for fresh-eating and value-added markets,” said Fischbach. “Even better, the perennial hazelnuts have the potential to reduce soil erosion and nutrient loading in our surface- and groundwater.  The annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day is a great way to learn more about this emerging crop.” Anyone interested in hazelnuts can learn more at the website of the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative at midwesthazelnuts.org. from UWEXT