Texas Pecan Prices: Demand Good as Season Begins

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Pawnee are currently being harvested, as well as Natives. Harvesting is expected to increase during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates the pecan crop for Texas to total 47 million pounds, of which 37.6 million pounds are Improved varieties, and 9.4 million pounds are Native and seedlings.

The weather forecast for the coming week calls for low temperatures from the mid-30s to the upper 60s, with high temperatures in the low 50s to the low 80s. There is a 20-90 percent chance of precipitation on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22, with a 0 to 20 percent chance of precipitation across Texas the other days this week.

The retail gift pack market is fairly active. Due to very light volumes, buyers are making purchases from other production areas or are waiting for additional availability of pecans.

Prices paid to growers (from the start of the season to Tuesday, November 19, 2019) at buyers delivery points 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) 50-53% meat yield 210-240 occasional higher and lower
  • Natives/Seedlings (deliveries light) machine harvested 105-115, yard tree lots 75-95

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