Panhandle Pecan Crop: Yield For 2010 Still Uncertain
Daniel E. Mullins
IFAS Extension Agent IV
Santa Rosa County Extension
6263 Dogwood Drive
Milton, FL 32570
Issue/Alert Affecting Crop: Florida’s pecan harvest begins in earnest during early November. Predictions concerning yield and quality are mixed. Some states are reporting fair to good quality on early deliveries, but there are no firm numbers or even guesses concerning possible yields. Late November will offer a clearer picture of yields.
High Quality Pecans of the Desirable Variety. Photo Credits: Dan Mullins
Being an alternate bearer, this was supposed to be an “on year” for pecan yield. However, the weather has not been cooperative. Northwest Florida’s wet spring and extremely dry late summer could result in a light to medium yield and reduced quality.
North Florida growers and homeowners with pecans to sell should be aware of market developments in order to receive the best prices. Good quality nuts, meaning those that shell out at 50% nutmeat, should bring at least two dollars per pound wholesale. Direct, retail sales of high quality pecans should bring two times that or more.
Pecan growers are advised to harvest promptly, not allowing nuts to lie on the ground for several rains. This can severely reduce quality and the price received.