Western Region Pecan Prices: Good Demand, Variable Quality

Photo: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting in New Mexico as well as the El Paso area is over 80 percent completed. Harvested quality has been variable, due in part to insect damage as well as sticktites.

The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the upper 20s to low 40s with highs in the low 40s to upper 60s. There is a 50-100 percent chance of precipitation on Tuesday, January 21, and a 0-10 percent chance of precipitation the rest of the 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, January 14, 2020 through noon Tuesday, January 21, 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 180-210 mostly 195-200 occasional higher and lower



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