Pecan harvesting is off to a slow start. Marketing of Oklahoma pecans has yet to begin. Deliveries by growers to buying points are extremely light. Demand was moderate for good quality pecans.
Early heavy rains which caused flooding in some areas in May, a generally wet harvest period, and an early frost have all contributed to a delayed harvest this year. Gift box and retail trade are looking out of state for supplies.
Oklahoma is expecting a good size crop this year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates Oklahoma’s crop to total 18.4 million pounds of Native pecans and 4.6 million pounds of Improved varieties.
The weather forecast this week calls for high temperatures from the upper 30s to the upper 60s and low temperatures from the low 20s to low 40s. On Thursday, November 7, there is a 60-100 percent chance of precipitation, while most other days during the next week the chance of precipitation ranges from 0-20 percent.
Prices paid to growers (from the start of the season through noon Thursday, November 07, 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 in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.
- Pawnee (deliveries very light) 56-58% meat yield 220-240
- Natives/Seedlings (deliveries very light) yard tree lots 40-42% meat yield 88-101