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"It's an exceptional year for walnuts," said Lonnie Yarnall, owner and operator of Yarnall Hulling Station, located at 84 South Main in Cassville. Yarnall said this year's bumper crop of black walnuts meant more people were getting out and picking up the nuts. Yarnall said he has been busier this year than in previous seasons. "We've had a lot of first-timers here this year," Yarall said. "It's partly because it's such a good crop this year and partly the fact that people need some extra money. Rick Perkins, pictured above scooping walnuts from the back of his pickup truck, was accompanied by Gene Pearson, to cash in on their labors. Hullers are paying $12 per 100-pounds of hulled nuts this year. The local hulling station is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. until the last day of the season, which is Oct. 31. Yarnall anticipates that this year he will haul over 200,000 pounds of walnuts to Hammons Products Company in nearby Stockton.