Through a combination of purchases and long-term leases, Raptor Ag acquired approximately 1400 tillable, irrigated acres in 2017 in Oregon's Willamette Valley for the purpose of hazelnut production. Raptor Ag planted 1000 of those acres in winter of 2017-18, the largest hazelnut plantings by a single farm in the industry's North American history. The remaining acres were planted winter 2018-19. Raptor Ag quickly grew from that original position to approximately 3000 acres of hazelnuts orchards, and company continues to grow its hazelnut operation.
In 2021, Raptor Ag acquired 1300 tillable acres in Love County, Okla., and planted 1040 of those acres winter 2021-22. Similar to what Raptor Ag accomplished in Oregon in 2017-18, the establishment of more than 1000 acres of high density pecan orchards in one season was the largest plantings by a single farm in the industry's history. Raptor Ag will complete establishment of its current pecan acreage in winter 2022-23, and the company is evaluating additional properties.
Shown below is the location of many of the Raptor Ag's Oregon hazelnut orchards.