Pecan Harvest Time IS Here

 

After dealing with a drought a few years ago, the rains picked up this year and as a result, so did the pecan crop.  

“So far, so good. It’s a pretty good crop. The quality is really good. So far it looks really good,” said Chad Trietsch who works at Montz Pecan Company. “We got a lot of rain this year, so that made a big difference. We actually had too much rain on some stuff.”

Even though the rain was good, the heavy rain that came through the area recently made working the pecan farm a little more difficult

“It affects some pecans,” Trietsch said. “It affects more our ground. It will have washes, so we have to go back through and level the ground before we can harvest. It just takes longer to harvest when the ground is wet because you have to wait for it to dry, so it affects it a little bit.”

The hurricanes that hit the east coast could have affected the ability for pecan orchards in that area to produce, which could affect price

“About the same as last year maybe a little more,” Trietsch said. “I think there is a shortage of pecans worldwide with the hurricanes in Georgia, they lost a lot of pecans. That generally affects the price for everyone else.”

This time of year, is not only busy for those harvesting the pecans but it can be for those who work in shops like the Pecan Shed where people can bring their own pecans to be shelled or to sell.

“It depends on the crop and the season,” Jill Montz said. “There have been some years where we have bumper crops and we have a lot of people bringing in pecans. Last year was kind of a down year, so we didn’t have a ton, but we are expecting this year to be a good one. “

They will have that up and running later at the end of the month once the pecan harvest is in full swing.  

While the hurricanes could have an effect on prices in other parts of the world, Trietsch said prices in the area should remain rather consistent with where they were last year.


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