(Sept. 25) The 2008 forecast for California’s walnut harvest is 375,000 tons, a 15% increase from the 325,000 tons produce in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Bearing acreage is estimated at 218,000 with a yield of 1.72 tons per acre. Average nut set per tree was 1,416, up 4% from 2007’s average of 1,357.

California growers received an average of $2,162 per ton for walnuts last year, up from $1,609 in 2006, the Sacramento Business Journal reported.