Western Region Pecans: Good Demand, Steady Prices

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is expected to increase during the next two weeks. Harvested quality has been variable. Prices on pecans were generally unchanged.

The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the low 20s to low 40s with highs in the mid-40s to low 60s. On Sunday, January 6, there is a 0-60 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 moderate for in-shell and gift pack uses. Deliveries and purchases of Improved varieties mostly Western Schley were moderate. 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, December 18, 2018 through noon Thursday, January 3, 2019) 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 170-200 mostly 180-190 occasional higher and lower

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