2018 Native Pecan Crop Expected to be Off

2018 Native Pecan Crop Expected to be Off Texas Pecans, Oklahoma Pecans.jpg

The native pecan crop in the US is estimated to make up around 30% of the overall pecan crop. Most of this crop comes from Oklahoma, Texas with small amounts coming from Alabama and Georgia in the form of “yard crop”. Growers have mixed reviews from various locations.

The native pecan crop in the US is estimated to make up around 30% of the overall pecan crop. We spoke with pecan growers from Oklahoma and there are many mixed reviews, some growers we spoke with say that they have an average to good crop while others say “there aint a pecan on the tree”. In Texas reports are similarly mixed. Around the San Saba area growers report the native crop as being extremely light and in some areas they may not even harvest. While in the Comanche and Stephensville area growers report a significantly “off crop”. However there is positive news form the areas many of the improved variety growers say that they have good crops with the improved varieties. Pawnee look to have a good crop but the Wichita seem to be off by an average of 25%. Pawnee growers say that they hope the good Pawnee crop will help to offset the losses in the their native orchards. As we all know the season is far from over. Currently growers in these areas are watering non-stop to keep the pecans on the trees and doing their best to fill out the crop. The US pecan crop is currently in the “water fill” stage and growers are working diligently to keep the water to the trees. While the native crop is expected to be off, we will have a better understanding of where the Texas crop stands after the Texas pecan growers meet in about 3 weeks.  We will continue to monitor the crop and keep the industry updated as the crop progresses for this year.