Autumn 2018

A dry harvest period has resulted in a premium crop with clean nuts that we are very pleased to see.
On Line sales of 2018 in shell will open Thursday April 12th.
Harvest started today 28th March, after recent rain. We expect our first Premium walnuts to be ready for sale by mid april.

Spring 2017 all products are staying fresh and cool in our coolstores

As the weather warms up, we take extra care to ensure that all our products are kept cool in our coolstores.

2017 Harvest highlights

The team for 2017 from left to right,  we present Rainer, Nathan, Carol, Warren, Maria, Mike, Neils, Mick, Lars and Brooke who have worked hard through all weathers to bring the harvest in and process the nuts ready for you.

Harvest pics from earlier years

Highlights of our 2014 harvest:

The team for 2014 from left to right, back to front we present Bazza (Bastian), Mike, Lucas, Cocky, Nathan, Carol, Ben, Chucky, Juan, Matty (Matthias), Rosie and Mick.

Carol gave some of the backpackers honorary Aussie names, Rainer here was called The Cocky

The team for 2014 from left to right, back to front we present Bazza (Bastian), Mike, Lucas, Cocky, Nathan, Carol, Ben, Chucky, Juan, Matty (Matthias), Rosie and Mick.

Carol gave some of the backpackers honorary Aussie names, Rainer here was called The Cocky.

The harvest is on.

We have started harvest our first variety called Howard as of 23 March. So looking forward to some fresh nuts again.

Summer going into Autumn

After such a hot summer with those 40 degree episodes we have some sunburn on the nuts. Probably only a small percentage of the crop. the days are getting shorter, and the nights cooler a sure sign that Autumn is just around the corner and no more fire cautious days

In past years.......

Winter is here and we bought lots of chooky poo to mix with sawdust and walnut hull waste. This is composted for a few months and then spread over the orchards.

The sheep move in to add extra fertiliser in return for getting fat on the grass and the trees are pruned and the prunings chipped. This also goes back into the orchard. With these methods we minimise the amount of biomass that leaves the system.
 

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Harvest is started

No rest for us over Easter. We are excited to start harvesting our walnuts in the orchard. It will take about 3 more weeks to bring in all the varieties.

King Valley Walnuts harvestKing Valley Walnuts in bins

 

Summertime: and the living is easy

Well, not really easy. The cockies moved in to start eating from the start of January. A long dry summer this year meant lots of irrigating was needed and some of the nuts suffered sunburn. Yes believe it or not those nuts that are not shaded by the leaves get cooked by the sun. Only a small percentage of the crop hopefully.

Carol teamed up with her nephew Todd, to trial some scary sounds for the cockies, and Mike bought another gas gun. Our days are divided into patrols around the orchards for everyone from dawn until duskand various methods to scare those pesty birds.

King Valley Walnuts orchard summer  king-valley-walnuts-cockatoos

Summer irrigation along the tree line, and pesty cockies.

 

Spring in the orchards

The trees are coming out into leaf after flowering. These pics are from our crop for the Green walnuts which are bought for pickling and preserves. This area looks down into the Myrrhee Vallley and the trees are chemical free.

king valley walnuts green nut orchardking valley walnuts leafing out

A good time to rest up around the bonfire...this years was massive burning up two years of prunings. (We also mulch a percentage of prunings and put back into the orchard system.)

king valley walnuts bonfireKing valley walnuts bonfire2

 

Processing the walnuts in the sheds

Now the walnuts are washed, sorted, dried, sorted, graded and sorted again. then into bags to you.

Take a look at our video of the processing.

 

Orchard harvesting

We are now starting to harvest your new season walnuts. Here is what is happening....
First, the orchards are swept clear of debris and rubbish before harvest starts.
king valley walnut orchard king valley walnut happy worker
Next the trees are shaken to dislodge the nuts.                                     Then they are swept into windrows.
king valley walnut tree shaker king valley walnut sweeper
To be collected by the harvester.
king valley walnut harvester
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