Temperatures for the week show rather mild days with highs in the mid-eighties and evening and early morning lows in the fifties. There is about a one percent chance of rain expected and this break in the weather will allow growers to get into the orchards and start shaking other varieties that will come onto the market later this week.
Sales have been slow and several lots went unsold or offerings were rejected by the sellers. Buyers for yard tree lots are slow to open with most expected to now open around October 19th.
There were a few Pawnee, Oconee, Caddo, Elliott and Moneymakers sold and some newer varieties, but deliveries and offering were very light. The market appears to be unsettled and buyers are slow to make offers at this time causing growers to start having a wait and see approach to see if prices will increase or decide if they will hold them longer and put them into storage.
The export market to Asia is not taking off as fast as it has the last few years and the retail holiday gift pack buyers are taking their time to decide when to purchase while waiting to see where the market trends will go since prices dropped this week.
Yard tree lot prices are unchanged. Schley and Desirables are getting ready to hit the market this week.
Prices paid to growers (late afternoon Thursday, October 8, 2020 through late afternoon Tuesday, October 13, 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
Lots over 20,000 pounds including truckloads
- Caddo (deliveries very light) (nut count 62-65) meat yield 54% 190
- Elliott (deliveries very light) (nut count 62-66) meat yield 53% 215
- Oconee (deliveries very light) (nut count 45-48) meat yield 52-55% 170-180
- Pawnee (deliveries very light) (nut count 49-54) meat yield 56-57% 207-226