Georgia pecan growers produce fewer nuts this year
Bringing a hot pecan pie out of the oven is a favorite fall tradition, but this year you might be paying a bit more for the nuts Georgia is known for.
MACON, Georgia – For some people, taking a hot pecan pie out of the oven is a favorite fall tradition, but this year you could pay a little more for the nuts that Georgia is known for.
There are a few factors that affect the culture.
This is the season when the sound of trembling trees echoes in the pecan orchards.
Shaking the trees to knock down the nuts is the first step in the harvesting process.
âI started working on the farm when I was 6 years old. I think my mom just wanted me out of the house, âAl Pearson said.
Pearson’s favorite place is still on the field.
October and November are like tax season for an accountant in those areas, and this year Pearson says the outcome will be different because there aren’t as many nuts hanging from the trees.
âFrom what we would consider a normal crop, we could make up 60 to 70 percent of that this year,â Pearson said.
“Last year was a huge harvest. We’re normally around Â£ 100million. Last year we were at 140-130. We look like we’re at Â£ 60-80million,” Cook said.
Cook is an extension agent in the region. He says part of the drop in count is just the normal ebb and flow of pecans.
Because we had a good bit of rain this year the growers had to deal with another problem – they deal with it every year – it’s called “scab” and it’s as disgusting as it gets. the air. The disease invades the ball and causes black spots around it.
Cook said: “The quality is going to be there, it’s just the size can be a little behind in some of the varieties that are more sensitive.”
Smaller, less plentiful nuts mean you may have to shell out more greenbacks for your favorite holiday dessert.
âIf they can’t get what it takes to grow, they can’t keep farming,â Cook said.
Pearson said: “From a producer’s point of view, I hope we can cover our costs and, God forbid, make a little profit.”
It doesn’t sound crazy at all.
You may remember Hurricane Michael pissed off the pecan orchards a lot in 2018.
Pearson says the effects on pecan growers recovering from this storm will be in the conversation for some time.