The pecan crop in the Southeast remains ahead of its normal production schedule, though cooler temperatures in recent weeks have slowed the crop’s progress, says Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension area pecan agent for Southeast District.
“I think the cool (weather) has actually slowed us down a little bit,” Sawyer said. “The crop was already 10 (days) to two weeks ahead anyway. We’ll still be ahead in the long run.”
Farmers have already begun harvesting pawnee varieties. In normal production years, pawnees are usually the first varieties harvested, and then there is a gap before the rest of varieties are mature enough for harvest. However, others are already showing signs of being ready to be picked, Sawyer said.
“Desirables are cracking pretty strong which is probably on the early side for them, too. They’re looking good. Everything’s about to really get ramping up,” Sawyer said.
All in all, this year’s pecan crop is projected to be one of the largest crops in recent memory, especially since Hurricane Michael impacted the region in 2018, disrupting production.
“Definitely the biggest in a long time. It is going to be a big crop,” Sawyer said. “Expect some lower prices for sure.”