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Pecan crop low, prices may be high
Wilson County NewsNovember 13, 2013 | 3,833 views | 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- If you‘re baking for the holidays with pecans this year, expect to pay more. Reports indicate the Texas pecan crop is light and late.
Following the historic 2012 U.S. drought, Mother Nature has again dealt a blow to Frank Rhew’s pecan crop at Rhew Orchards in Wilson County. He said this year’s crop is the lowest he’s produced since he began growing pecans in the 1980s.
Rhew estimated this year’s crop is 70 percent lower than a normal year and attributes part of this to the drought South Texas farmers and ranchers have contended with. While Rhew does irrigate, he said pecan trees are unique. During June and July, the shell develops, and the meat of the pecan fills out in July through September. With the heat this past summer, pecans began to mature during a rough time.
Rhew anticipates the price of pecans will be higher than last year, and added that the market has not stabilized yet.
Due to the light showers in the area, harvesting of pecans has stalled, since the machinery cannot work properly, he said.
Rhew agrees with reports that the Texas pecan crop is short, but said the West Texas region is having a good year, since it rained at the right time.
Georgia, the nation’s top pecan-producing state, faced excessive rains and fungal-type disease that damaged some of the crops, Rhew said.
Although his pecan crop is light, Rhew said his spring peach crop was excellent, with the best-quality peaches sold.
Shelled and in-shell pecans are available at Rhew Orchard House, located at 762 C.R. 403, off S.H. 97 east of Floresville.
For more information, call 830-393-6022 or 830-393-0563 or visit http://rheworchards.com.
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