Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Pawnee are currently being harvested, as well as Natives. Harvesting is expected to increase during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Texas is projected to harvest a moderate sized crop of 50 million pounds of pecans during the 2017 season. Timely early rains countered much of the later damage caused to a good amount of the crop by Hurricane Harvey. Pecans are expected to run on the small size this season. Much buying interest has been expressed for the export trade to China, and efforts are underway to establish similar ties with India.
The weather forecast for Tuesday, October 31, 2017 calls for a temperature range from 44-63 degrees, with a 40-70% chance of precipitation. The rest of the week is expected to have low temperatures ranging from 53-69, and highs from 77-91, with a 0-20% chance of precipitation.
Demand was fairly good for the retail and gift pack trade. Due to very light volumes, buyers are making purchases from other production areas or are waiting for additional availability of pecans.
Prices paid to growers (from the start of the season to Tuesday, October 31, 2017) at buyers delivery points or F.O.B. the orchard including direct sales to end users, cents per pound in-shell of generally good quality in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.
- Natives/Seedlings (deliveries light) machine harvested 90125 mostly 100-110 yard tree lots 70-90 mostly 75-85 occasional lower
- Pawnee (deliveries very light) 50-54% meat yield 225-260 mostly 230-250