By Rich Brown
Sixteen stations that buy black walnuts in the Joplin area are among 262 throughout the Midwest officially opening for business today.
Hulling machines are prepared and ready, with starting prices for hulled walnuts set at a record $13 per hundredweight in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
"This is up from $11 the previous year and $10 the year before that," said Brian Hammons, president of Hammons Products Co. in Stockton. "We should have a fairly decent crop in Southwest Missouri."
Hammons said he expects a smaller crop than last year, partly because of the long-term drought that has hurt the quality of the nuts.
But, he is not connecting the drought with the price increase.
"The drought did not have that much effect on the price," he said. "We felt like it was time to be more aggressive in the fact that the market needs more nuts, and customers who have been reluctant to pay higher prices in the past have told us that they need the nuts and are willing to pay a little bit more for them."
Black walnuts, which grow wild throughout the Ozarks and other Midwestern areas, are gathered by individuals, families and fund-raising groups looking to earn money by picking them up and taking them to a hulling and buying location. The hulled nuts are then bagged for Hammons Products, which is in its 60th year in the business.
People in 16 states participate in the harvest, with uses for the income ranging from Christmas gifts to education.
More information on black walnuts may be obtained by calling Hammons Products at (888) 429-6887 or going online to www.black-walnuts.com.
Area buying/hulling stations
Anderson: McDonald County FFA, Will Gordon, 100 Mustang Drive, on south side of the junction of highways 76 and 71 at McDonald County High School.
Aurora: MFA Exchange, Jason Hyder, 1104 E. Church St., about one mile east of the light on Business Highway 60 on the south side of the road.
Carthage: Roy Schrader III, Highway 96 east, over the overpass, before Spring River on the northwest side.
Cassville: Lonnie Yarnall, 84 S. Main St., by the storage buildings.
Greenfield: Donald Keys, two miles east of Greenfield on Highway 160, then south on Route O 0.8 mile, on the east side of the road.
Jasper: Bill Schrader, 15997 Sumac Road, Route M west to County Road 160 north, runs into drive.
Joplin: Turkey Creek Feed, 3.5 miles east of Range Line Road on 20th Street.
Lamar: Levi Borntrager, 669 Northwest 30th Lane, north of Lamar on Highway 71 to Route V, then west about 3.8 miles, south to the first house on the right.
La Russell: Whitehead Farm Supply, Third and Main streets.
Liberal: Liberal Tire Store, Jim McClendon, 107 S. Main St.
Lockwood: Patrick Terry, 364 S. Dade 101, south of Greenfield on Highway 39 to Pennsboro, west on Route Z about four miles to Farm Road 101, north to the second place on the right.
Miller: Doug Danials, north of Miller, 1.5 miles on Highway 39 to Road 2022, then east one mile to the farm.
Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Farm and Home Supply, 101 N. Vine St., one block east of the square.
Neosho: Southside Feed, 1451 Industrial Drive, east at Burger King, go one block, on the south side of the road.
Ritchey: Michael Earl, in town.
Wheaton: Wheaton FFA booster, Eric Roller, west on Route A to the saddle club on the south side.
By Rich Brown
- Lead Stories
Joplin man arrested in possible shaken baby case
Joplin police are following up on the alleged assault of a 7-month-old infant.
According to police, they were called just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to 1606 S. Kentucky Ave. in reference to an infant girl who was unresponsive.
Globe e-Edition FREE today
Free access to The Joplin Globe E-Edition, an exact replica of the The Joplin Globe print edition.
‘Fire all over’: Four suffer minor injuries in apartment blaze
Her phone started ringing, followed by a noise of uncertain origin outside her apartment. That’s how the sleep of 28-year-old Sylvia Moran was dispelled in the nick of time Monday morning. Moran got up, looked out a window and saw smoke.
Heat repeat: Year's third heat wave to continue through week
For the third time this summer, a wave of hot weather has washed across the Joplin metro area, causing heat indexes to soar into the triple digits.
- United Way groups note campaign status The Carthage Area United Way is more than two-thirds of the way toward reaching its campaign goal of $310,000 for the year, volunteers were told Thursday.
- Jerry Ray Clemens
- Agency shows off mobile home as possible alternative in buyouts MIAMI, Okla. — To help alleviate the housing problems facing some of the Tar Creek residents who are taking part in a federal buyout, officials staged an open house Thursday displaying a Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile home.
- Local fairs attract crowds, competitors For many area residents, the county fair is a pleasant diversion for an afternoon or evening, to admire the animals, eat a hot dog or take the kids to the carnival.
- April showers might freeze flowers Joplin gardeners were heading for the covers Thursday, not because they were trying to get warm in the cold but because their plants needed protection from record-cold temperatures and the possibility of a spring snowstorm.
- Counties examine roles of shelters Joplin officials are still assessing Memorial Hall’s role as an emergency shelter, while a Newton County official said the network of shelters there fared well during the ice storm this month.
- More Lead Stories Headlines
- Joplin man arrested in possible shaken baby case