Utilized production in 2019 totaled 265 million pounds, up 14 percent for comparable States from 2018. Bearing acreage was estimated at 396,000, up 3 percent for comparable States from the previous year. The average yield was 668 pounds per acre, up 66 pounds for comparable States from the previous year.
In 2019, the value of the crop totaled $469 million, up 14 percent for comparable States from the previous season with an average annual price of $1.77 per pound.
Improved variety pecan production, at 242 million pounds, increased 10 percent for comparable States from the previous year. Improved variety pecans accounted for 92 percent of the United States total pecan production. Native and seedling variety production totaled 22 million pounds, up significantly for comparable States from 2018.
New Mexico had the highest utilized production (in-shell basis) at 96.6 million pounds, followed by Georgia at 69.0 million pounds (in-shell basis). In Georgia, many trees were still recovering from the effects of last year’s Hurricane Michael, including broken roots and loss of fruiting limbs. In addition, hot dry weather in late August through October negatively impacted the Georgia yield.
Beginning in 2019, pecan estimates were discontinued in Alabama, California, and Louisiana.