Georgia Pecan Prices: Deliveries Light as Harvest Finishes

Temperatures through next week show cold or freezing temps in the mid-30s to mid-40s for evening or early morning lows and daytime highs in the mid-50s to mid-60s. It is expected to be mostly clear for this weekend.

The excess moisture from rain is showing up on the market along with black and embryo rot, causing percentages to drop along with prices being offered. Deliveries are light as growers are busy harvesting the remaining pecans on the trees and orchard floors while taking extra time to clean them up before offering them for sale. Deliveries at the door for yard tree lots is slow and prices are lower this week. Growers with access to cold storage facilities are withholding some lots until a price agreement can be reached for large lots of Improved varieties and Blends of premium quality pecans.

Offerings of lots mostly Stuart Blends (premium/gift pack quality) $3.80-3.90 per point. Stuart Blends with (50-60 nut count) 46-48% meat yield sold for about $3.70-3.80 per point (55-60 nut count) 43-45% meat yield sold for about $3.20-3.30 per point and 40-41% meat yield sold for about $2.90-3.05 per point. Other lots of Blends with (65-75 nut count) 46-52% meat yield sold in a range of about $3.56-3.70 per point.

The retail gift pack business and the domestic trade is fairly active, as they are busy purchasing from other areas to fill orders. The export trade is still slow to materialize at this time.

Prices paid to growers (late afternoon November 13, 2018 thru late afternoon November 15, 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 in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

  • Cape Fear (deliveries very light) 52-53% meat yield 181-201
  • Desirables (deliveries very light) (premium quality) 51-52% meat yield 215-235 47-49% meat yield 179-191 occasional higher, yard tree lots 75-90 occasional higher
  • Elliott (deliveries very light) yard tree lots 75-90
  • Excel (deliveries very light) 52-52.5% meat yield 210
  • Moneymaker (deliveries very light) yard tree lots 75-90
  • Schley (deliveries very light) yard tree lots 75-90
  • Seedlings (deliveries very light) yard tree lots 50-60
  • Stuart (deliveries very light) (50-62 nut count) 48-50% meat yield 199-206, yard tree lots 75-90
  • Sumner (deliveries very light) 51-53% meat yield 194-207

Lots over 20,000 pounds: (including trailer loads)

  • Cape Fear (deliveries very light) 52-53% meat yield 181-201
  • Desirables (deliveries very light) (premium quality) 51-52% meat yield 215-235 47-49% meat yield 179-191
  • Stuart (deliveries light) (50-55 nut count) 48.5% meat yield 206
  • Sumner (deliveries very light) 51-53% meat yield 194-207

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