2017 US Pecan Harvest Begins

2017 US Pecan Harvest Begins

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.

Irma cleanup delays 2017 US Pecan Harvest

Irma cleanup delays 2017 US Pecan Harvest

Pecan harvest for many growers in Georgia has been delayed due to the damaging winds of hurricane Irma. Now many growers are working frantically to clean up the orchards to make ready for harvest.

How Tropical Storm Irma could affect pecan prices

How Tropical Storm Irma could affect pecan prices

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.

Pecan Growers Prepare for Harvest

Pecan Growers Prepare for Harvest

The end of September is the early variety harvest with the majority of the varieties beginning harvest in October. This year’s upcoming harvest has buyers sharpening their pencils in hopes of getting their orders filled before the limited crop runs out on high demand.

South Africa sold out as buyer's prepare for USA Harvest

South Africa sold out as buyer's prepare for USA Harvest

As the South African pecan harvest is all but sold out pecan buyers are hoping for a good crop from the US Pecan Growers to fill the ever-rising demand from Asian and European export markets, as well as the recent growth in the domestic (US) pecan market.  

Pecans expected to boost exports for Zimbabwe

Pecans expected to boost exports for Zimbabwe

In a recent article on the Herald website, a local news organization in Zimbabwe, I learned about the Zimbabwe Government, through the Agriculture and Rural Development Authority has decided to invest in pecans to help boost the countries exports.