Pecan harvest affected by drought

POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

CALDWELL -- It may not seem like it but Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away, which means pecan harvesters should be busier than ever.

But that isn't the case this year thanks to the drought.

It's a favorite in pies, salads and stuffing but this year, pecan's are in short supply.

"The crop this year is a bust. There's no crop on our dry-land trees this year and if we don't get some moisture on them this winter than we won't have a crop next year either," said Andy Sherrod, general manager for Royalty Pecan Farms. 

Royalty Pecan Farms in Caldwell has only been able to produce about a quarter of what they normally do.

"We have a pretty good idea that around 100 trees have died this year and depending upon the weather conditions in the future we could lose more," Sherrod said.

The drought hasn't just affected Sherrod's crop but other's throughout the state too which means you'll pay for it at the store.

"When the supply is down the price goes up and it's almost immediate because the demand is immediate. We're looking at the holiday season and the pecans are a big holiday commodity."

So if you still plan on baking that pecan pie for a holiday dessert, Sherrod says you'll likely pay three to four dollars more per pound than last year.

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