Pecan crop thrives after 2011 drought

POSTED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 9:45am

CALDWELL -- Horticulture specialists predicted last month that the outlook for the 2012 pecan crop was good despite last year's historic drought.

And now that they're in season Lauren Holman found out if that prediction was spot on or just plain nuts.

It's literally raining nuts outside at Royalty Pecan Farms in Caldwell as workers harvest the 500-acre orchard.

The farm's general manager, Andy Sherrod says, "It is a good feeling to know that we've got a big crop to get into the barn."

Unlike last year's crop this time they're hitting the jackpot.

"We as pecan growers are accustomed to these big swings in production but nothing like what we've seen from 2011 to 2012," said Sherrod.

Despite last year's historic drought Royalty Pecans is going to produce their largest crop ever.

"About 20 percent more than what we'd call a good average year," said Sherrod. "It's creating it's own set of problems but problems I'll gladly welcome."

Problems like having to harvest the trees more than once because there are just too many nuts but Sherrod says it's a great sight to see after last year losses.

"I think we'll be able to make up a lot of what we lost."

And with such a large crop this year that means you can expect to pay less at the store this holiday season.

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