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Last week we reported on the significant loss of the Louisiana pecan crop due to the adverse weather conditions in August during nut fill stage. Louisiana is predicting around a 50% plus crop reduction for this year. After that report went out, we were inundated with emails from pecan growers in Oklahoma and Texas stating that they too were seeing significant reduction in this year’s pecan crop.
In February of 2015 China announced that it would lower tariffs on US Pecan Imports into China by a whopping 14% from 24% down to 10%. This was a big win for the US Pecan Industry that has steadily increased pecan exports to China for years. Now with the lowered Pecan tariff at 10% pecan imports in China have continued the upward trend. The demand for pecans in China continues to grow as the US in now exporting more than one third of the pecans produced to China on a consistent basis, and growing.
The state of Louisiana has a long history with pecans, in fact Louisiana along the Mississippi river is where the native pecan trees to this continent were first discovered. Louisiana is one of the states listed in the commercial production areas for the new pecan marketing order. This year’s crop however seems to have suffered dearly to adverse weather conditions. Dr. Charles Graham of the Louisiana State University Ag Center was recently interviewed by the local KTBS on the conditions of this year’s crop and gave a report of his findings.
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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.