Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, Latest News, Oregon Orchard

Welcome New HGO Team Members: Matt & Anthony


Matthew Gillespie, Marketing & Innovation Manager Matthew Gillespie joins the HGO team with over 15 years in the Natural and Organic Food Industry, managing a category portfolio ranging from cold cereal and snacks to confection and frozen prepared meals. No stranger to working for agricultural cooperatives, Matt’s last position was with Oregon Cherry Growers where […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, Latest News, Oregon Orchard

Orchard Cleanup


As we approach harvest, hazelnut growers are busy cleaning up their orchard floors to achieve a smooth surface prior to nut fall. Flail mowing or scraping helps to reduce leaves, sticks and other detritus that makes up the majority of the cleaning fees at the wash station. Growers in rocky areas can either use specialized […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, Latest News, Oregon Orchard

Grower Spotlight: The Deconinck & Cuff Family


The Deconnick family started their farming operation in 1953 in the French Prairie region South of St Paul, Oregon. Their farm in the early days mainly consisted of Kentucky bluegrass and wheat. As the years went on, they moved to perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, bentgrass, as well as clover. In 2009 they started planting hazelnuts […]

HGO Plant Operations Update
Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, Latest News, Oregon Orchard

Operations Update


With just about a year in operation, we are busy planning for the new harvest year. The challenges of starting a plant with new equipment and a new team have given us a great list of lesson’s learned and are working through them to ensure that we improve our processes and increase efficiencies. Here at […]

New Stores & Grand Openings, News, Wilco Stores

Wilco to Bring Rural Lifestyle Brands to Lake Oswego


MT ANGEL, Ore., July 9, 2019– Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative, is announcing plans to open a new store in Lake Oswego, Oregon in early 2020. The new location will expand the specialty retailer’s footprint to over 20 locations across Oregon and Washington. Committed to nurturing the passions of small-town living, Wilco carries a wide range […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

June 2019: From the CEO’s Desk


Growers, I am proud to share with you, that HGO continues to take steps to achieve their goal in becoming the largest processor and marketer of value-added hazelnut products in North America. Recently, the HGO team, led by our new General Manager Greg Thorsgard, has accomplished some exciting things. In May, HGO achieved an SQF […]

News, Wilco Stores

Wilco Farm Store, Oregon City is Location of National Purina Check-R-Board Days Grand Prize Winner


Oregon City, OR – June 14, 2019– Wilco Farm Store, an Oregon City Purina dealer, is pleased to announce that they are the location of the national PurinaCheck-R-Board Days grand prize winner. Members of Wilco Farm Store and Purina Animal Nutrition presented local resident Toni Madsen with the Polaris Ranger Utility Vehicle on June 14, […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

Hazelnut Survey Shows Planting Continues


Each year, Pacific Agricultural Survey provides data to the industry on the number of acres and age of hazelnut trees based on aerial imagery.  This survey assists crop estimation efforts.  It was determined that in 2018, planting continued at a rapid pace. The results show that 8,650 acres were planted in 2018 and 400 matured […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

Spring Sucker Control


With the warm spring, we are having, the battle for control of suckers can seem daunting. With so many sucker control options we wanted to share our impression of different control methods and combinations. Methods are listed in order of tree age. Hand Pruning is the safest method of control as no herbicide is used. […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

What’s Happening in the Global World of Hazelnuts?


We all know that the best hazelnuts in the world are grown right here in Oregon, but it is indeed a global commodity. Events on the other side of the world can have big impacts – both positive and negative on our business here at home. We monitor the global markets and news for hazelnuts […]