The 2010 pecan crop is on its off-cycle, with production forecasted by NASS at 271.3 million pounds, a decrease of 7 percent from the 2009 harvest, but a 40-percent increase from 2008— the last “off-cycle” of the pecan tree’s alternate bearing nature. If realized, 2010 stands to be the largest “off-year” harvest since 1988, which had a harvest of 308.2 million pounds. Georgia remains the top producer with an estimated harvest of 75 million pounds, while Texas is estimated to produce 70 million pounds.
AMS reported by the second week of November, the pecan harvest has increased in southern Georgia on well maintained, irrigated orchards. Deliveries to the door have remained light in Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, as growers are waiting for cold temperatures to open the remaining pecans, cause nut drop, and defoliate the leaves.
Purchases for gift packs are very good and should increase once temperatures drop and harvesting increases.