Georgia Pecan Prices: Growers Hurrying to Gather Nuts Ahead of Weekend Rains

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Temperatures for the next two days show rather mild evening and early morning lows in the high 60s to low 70s and daytime highs in the mid-80s. There is a forty percent chance of rain on Thursday, October 8 with a possibility of isolated thunderstorms. It has not been determined how much of an effect Hurricane Delta may bring later in the week towards the weekend.

Some shellers and buyers of yard tree lots are planning on opening up business next week when more varieties are picked up and graded before being offered on the market. Growers are busy in the orchards trying to get the pecans off the ground and trees shook before the weekend when rain is expected to come in from the Gulf areas due to Hurricane activities.

A few more Pawnee are expected to come in along with Oconee, Moneymakers, Schley and Elliott varieties. The retail and gift pack businesses are fairly active seeking inventory and domestic buyers are just now getting in on the action after waiting to see how prices may unfold on the earlier offerings.

Yard tree buyers are expected to be open next week for daily deliveries and purchases.

Prices paid to growers (late afternoon Thursday, October 1, 2020 through late afternoon Tuesday, October 6, 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 in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

  • Blends yard tree lots 60
  • Native/Seedlings yard tree lots 40
  • Moneymakers yard tree lots 40
  • Stuarts yard tree lots 60
  • Pawnee (deliveries fairly light) (nut count 48-56) 54-56% meat yield 210-215 (nut count high 50s) 52% meat yield 146-151

Lots over 20,000 pounds including truckloads

  • Pawnee (nut count 47-48) 56-57% meat yield 220-245 mostly 220-230

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