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 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.