Louisiana Pecans: Growers Preparing Nuts for After Thanksgiving

Growers are busy accumulating pecans and preparing them for market after the Thanksgiving holiday. Volume is light. Most are sold for retail off the farm or for gift pack purchases. Some quality issues reported, with up to sixty percent blow out during cleaning process. Market is about steady.

The weather forecast throughout most of the state for this week in the southern areas calls for cool to mild temperatures with lows in the mid-40s to low 50s and highs in the 60s to low 70s. In the northern areas lows in the high 30s and 40s with daytime highs in the low 60s to low 70s.

Prices paid to growers (late afternoon Tuesday, November 14 through late afternoon Tuesday, November 21, 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.

  • Elliott (deliveries very light) machine harvested 50% meat yield 200-205 yard tree lots 120
  • Natives/Seedlings (deliveries light) machine harvested 38-40% meat yield 135-145 yard tree lots 75-80 fair to poor quality much lower

Lots in excess of 20,000 pounds including trailer loads:

  • Native/Seedlings (deliveries very light) 38% meat yield or better 135-145 mostly 140

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