Louisiana Pecans: Market Steady Despite Nut Issues

Sprouted pecan inside green shuck. Photo: University of Georgia

Very light deliveries this week. Many of the lots have black rot and sprouting showing up and are having to be cleaned up and retested. The market is about steady with most of the sales being sold as retail off the farm. Some lots of fair quality Blends showed up with 38-40% meat yields and sold for around $3.29-3.38 per point.

The weather forecast for this week in the Southern areas of the state shows lows in the low 40s and 50s and highs in the low 50s to high 60s. A cold front is expected from December 12-16 and the Northern areas have evening and early morning temperatures in the mid-30s to low 40s and daytime temps at mid-50s to mid-60s.

Prices paid to growers (late afternoon Tuesday, December 5 through late afternoon Tuesday, December 12, 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% or better meat yield 135-145 yard tree lots 70-85 fair to poor quality lower

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

  • Native/Seedlings (deliveries very light) 38-42% meat yield 145-162

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