Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light. Demand was moderate for good quality pecans. Pawnee are currently being harvested, as well as Natives. Harvesting is expected to increase during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates the pecan crop for Texas to total 35 million pounds, of which 27 million pounds are Improved varieties, and 8 million pounds are Native and seedlings.
The weather forecast for the coming week calls for low temperatures from the upper 30s to the mid-60s, with high temperatures from the mid-60s to the low 80s. There is a 10-20 percent chance of precipitation on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, with a 30 to 60 percent chance of precipitation across Texas on Sunday, November 22.
The retail gift pack market is fairly active. Due to very light volumes, buyers are making purchases from other production areas or are waiting for additional availability of pecans.
Prices paid to growers (from the start of the season to Tuesday, November 17, 2020) at buyers delivery points 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.
- Pawnee (deliveries very light) 50-54% meat yield 200-210 occasional higher and lower
- Natives/Seedlings (deliveries light) yard tree lots 40-50 occasional higher