America and the pecan shelling industry as a whole, has long been dominated by a handful of large pecan sheller’s who’s shelling capacity can easily handle more than 100,000 pounds per day. The pecan shelling landscape however is quickly changing to one of more “mom and pop” style sheller’s dotted across the landscape
On October 12, 2017 the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture released the Crop Production Report. In the Crop production report US pecan farmers reported their production acreage along with an estimate of their 2017 pecan crop production.
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.
Tropical Storm Irma hit the South Georgia area on Monday September 11, 2017. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm before making landfall in South Georgia; the predicted 100 + mile an hour wind only reached 40-60 mile an hour wind, but with the Georgia pecan crop only weeks from maturity, the crop is at one of its most vulnerable states when it comes to high winds.