The 2017 pecan harvest season commenced in late September starting with early season varieties, Pawnee (PWN) in the southwestern US and Wichita (WICH) in northern Mexico. With the exception of tropical storm Irma hitting South Georgia just as Pawnee (PWN) began opening up, there has been good harvest weather across the southern US and northern Mexico allowing pecan growers to move rather quickly through pecan harvest.
Pecan growers in the Eastern United States continue to deal with damaged pecans due to the affects tropical storm Irma. As the harvest season continues along in the Southeast, growers in Georgia and Alabama continue to deal with the effects of damaged nuts left behind by tropical storm Irma.
Pecan season in the southern United States has gotten well underway for a large majority of the US pecan growers. In the southeastern United States pecan growers with early varieties such as Pawnee (PWN) or Money Maker (MM) started as early as late September to early October. Pecan growers in these regions have completed almost half of their 2017-2018 harvest activities
Since August of this year the US pecan shelling industry has imported over 37 million pounds* of pecans from Mexico according to the Department of Homeland Security Customs Border Protection; and as that number continues to grow American Pecan growers are beginning to feel the effects in the price of pecans locally.
While the American farmer continues to struggle make a profit, the industry as a whole says that there seems to be some small increase in farm profits but not enough to change the overall bleak outlook for 2018.
The American Pecan Council will be continuing its “Immersion Tour” here in the southeastern US. Earlier this year the American Pecan Council hired the international marketing firm Weber Shandwick to assist in the marketing activities of the American Pecan
In recent years the US Pecan Growers Council has been actively marketing US Pecans around the globe; several of the markets identified to have large growth potential are China, India, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam. While the organization has made progress in all these markets over the years the Indian market is one that many believe could have the biggest impact to pecan exports behind China.
Harvest season in the Southern US and Mexico is always a busy time of year. Pecan nut growers spend the entire year preparing for this time of year. This year has definitely held challenges for pecan growers and buyers alike.
As the 2017 pecan nut harvest season continues, pecan buyers around the globe continue to scour the southern United States to purchase pecans both in-shell and shelled. This year has seen many new buyers to the market, as many growers have reported having numerous new buyer inquiries and purchases.
As the 2017 – 2018 Pecan Nut harvest is getting well under way in the Eastern half of the US a battle of sorts is taking place behind the scenes. It’s no secret that most of the worlds shelled pecan nuts are consumed by the USA, & the European Union...