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.
The global pecan market has seen an increase in the pecan supply over the past 10 years, but not nearly enough to keep pace with demand. Pecan growers around the globe have been increasing acreage with new plantings, but the current pace is still insufficient to meet today’s market demands. As pecan growers in the US and Mexico are just beginning to harvest, many of the growers also have planting in the back of their minds.
To say that the 2017 pecan growing season has been a challenge would be an understatement. US Pecan growers have faced many obstacles throughout this season. Texas faced record flooding in the Houston area, while Georgia Pecan Growers lost an estimated 30 million plus pounds overall with some growers losing as much as 80% of their crop from the effects of tropical storm Irma.
Tropical storm Irma tore through the southern and middle parts of Georgia on September 11 with winds of 40 plus miles per hour, and recorded gusts up to 64 miles per hour, causing major damage to the Georgia pecan crop. As pecan growers continue to clean up and assess the damage, more accurate estimates of the pecan crop loss are coming in and Stuart pecan prices continue to climb as the crop gets shorter.