Western Region Pecan Prices: Active Buying Interest, Variable Quality

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is currently going on in all regions, and is expected to increase seasonally. Harvested quality has been variable, due in part to weather conditions, as well as some crop damage caused by pecan weevils.

The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the mid-20s to low 50s with highs in the mid-40s to low 70s. On Thursday, December 6, there is a 10-20 percent chance of precipitation, and on Friday, December 7, there is a 70-90 percent chance of precipitation.

Buying interest displayed by end users was fairly active 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 fairly active for in-shell and gift pack uses. Deliveries and purchases of Improved varieties mostly Western Schley were light. Some 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, November 27, 2018 through noon Tuesday, December 4, 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 54-58% meat yield 190-220 mostly 195-205 occasional higher and lower

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