Texas Pecan Prices: Demand Good as Harvest Ramps Up

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.

Early harvest projections for Texas were a crop ranging from 53 million to 70 million pounds of pecans during the 2018 season. Heavy rains and early flooding, especially in Central Texas, have raised concern over pecan volumes as well as quality for this coming season. Quality is expected to decrease as the season progresses. Another area of concern for Texas growers is the increase of tariffs to China, which has been a growing market in recent years.

The weather forecast for the coming week calls for low temperatures from the mid-30s to the low 70s, with high temperatures in the low 50s to the mid-80s. There is a chance of precipitation every day during the upcoming week, with the greatest chance between Wednesday, November 7 and Friday, November 9, where the chance of precipitation ranges from 20-100 percent.

The retail gift pack market is fairly active. 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, November 6, 2018) 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 95-115 mostly 95-105, yard tree lots 80-100 mostly 85-90 occasional lower
  • Pawnee (deliveries very light) 50-54% meat yield 250-290 mostly 250-270 occasional higher and lower

Lots over 20,000 pounds:

  • Pawnee (deliveries very light) 50-54% meat yield 280-300 occasional higher and lower

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