Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is in its early stages, but is expected to increase by the end of this week. Some areas in the region only have 5 percent of their harvest done, and the overall figure for the region is roughly 20 percent harvested. Harvested quality has been variable.
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. There is a 0-40 percent chance of precipitation on Tuesday, December 24, with no precipitation projected before that date.
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 very 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, December 10, 2019 through noon Tuesday, December 17, 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 53-58% meat yield 170-200 mostly 180-190 occasional higher and lower