Western Region Pecan Prices: Deliveries Light but Increasing

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light but increasing. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is in its early stages, but is expected to increase seasonally. Harvested quality has been variable. Early colder than normal temperatures have caused an early start to harvesting.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates New Mexico’s pecan crop to total 86 million pounds this season.

The weather forecast for the next week calls for low temperatures in the mid-10s to low 30s with highs in the mid-40s to mid-60s. There is a 0-10 percent chance of precipitation from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6.

Buying interest displayed by end users was fairly active 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. Some growers are deferring making marketing decisions, opting instead to concentrate on harvesting and storing nuts for later sale.

Prices paid to growers (from the start of the season through noon Tuesday, December 1, 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 110-130 mostly 115-125 occasional higher



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