Western Region Pecans: Good Demand as Harvest Continues

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is expected to remain steady during the next one to two weeks, with harvesting continuing through most of the month. Pecan weevils and theft of crops continue to be 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 low 50s, with highs in the low 50s to low 70s. A 10-20 percent chance of precipitation is projected for Wednesday, January 10, while no precipitation is projected for other days 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.

Prices paid to growers (from noon Tuesday, January 2, 2018 through noon Tuesday, January 9, 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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