Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were moderate. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting in New Mexico as well as the El Paso area are 50 to 60 percent completed, with some harvesters done for the season. This region is expected to be 80 to 90 percent done with harvest by the end of January. Arizona is in the very early stages of harvesting, and at this point, is not expected to finish harvest until mid-February. Harvested quality has been variable.
The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the upper 10s to upper 30s with highs in the upper 40s to mid-60s. There is a 10-40 percent chance of precipitation on Friday, January 10, with no precipitation projected the other days this week.
Buying interest displayed by end users was fairly good 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 fairly active for in-shell and gift pack uses. Deliveries and purchases of Improved varieties mostly Western Schley were fairly light. 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 17, 2019 through noon Tuesday, January 7, 2020) 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 175-200 occasional higher and lower