Western Region Pecans: Good Demand as Harvest Picks Up

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is expected to increase considerably during the first half of January, with harvesting continuing through most of the month. Pecan weevils and theft of crops have been a major concern, and are being closely monitored. Harvested quality has been generally good.

The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the upper 20s to mid-40s, with highs in the mid-50s to upper 60s. No
precipitation is projected this week.

Buying interest displayed by end users was moderate for in-shell, gift pack use, and moderate for commercial sheller use as shellers continue to utilize inventories on hand or make purchases from other production areas or wait for additional availability of nuts. Trading was moderate for in-shell and gift pack uses. Deliveries and purchases of Improved varieties mostly

Western Schley were light. Many growers are deferring making marketing decisions, opting instead to concentrate on harvesting and storing nuts for later sale. Interest in exporting pecans to China has been shown by buyers.

Prices paid to growers (from noon Tuesday, December 19, 2017 through noon Tuesday, January 2, 2018) at buyers delivery point or f.o.b. the orchard including direct sales to end users, cents per pound in-shell of generally good quality pecans in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

  • Western Schley 55-58% meat yield 250-290 mostly 260-285 occasional higher and lower

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