Western Region Pecan Prices: Moderate Trading, Demand

    Photo: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas

    Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting in New Mexico as well as the El Paso area are 85-90 percent completed. Harvested quality has been variable.

    The preliminary National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the 2019 season reports that Arizona produced 36,500,000 pounds of improved variety pecans, and New Mexico produced 96,600,000 pounds of improved variety pecans, making New Mexico the largest pecan producing state in 2019.

    The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the mid-20s to low 40s with highs in the mid-40s to the low 70s. There is a 10-20 percent chance of precipitation on Thursday, January 30.

    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 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 21, 2020 through noon Tuesday, January 28, 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 190-200 occasional higher and lower



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