Western Region Pecans: Prices Slightly Higher as Season Nears End

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. The season is finishing up, and overall harvesting is approximately 90% complete. Harvested quality has been variable. Prices on pecans were slightly higher.

The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the upper 20s to mid-40s with highs in the mid-40s to low 60s. On Thursday, January 10, there is a 60-90 percent chance of precipitation.

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 fairly light. Most growers are deferring making marketing decisions, opting instead to concentrate on harvesting and storing nuts for later sale.

Prices paid to growers (from noon Thursday, January 3, 2019 through noon Thursday, January 10, 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 180-195 occasional higher and lower

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