Oklahoma Pecans: Demand, Deliveries Light

    Deliveries by growers to buying points for both Improved varieties and for Natives was light. Demand and harvesting has been light. Harvesting is expected to increase later this week, with the end to the holiday work schedule, as well as dryer weather conditions.

    The weather forecast for the balance of the week calls for temperature highs from the low 30s to the mid 50s, and temperature lows from the low 20s to the low 40s. There is a slight chance of precipitation the rest of the week, with as high as a 20% chance on Saturday, January 4. There is no precipitation projected for Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday this week.

    Offerings this period were mostly Blends. Prices for Blends with meat yields of 45-52% were $2.50-3.00 mostly $2.75 per point occasional higher and lower. Some growers have opted to put their remaining pecans in cold storage and plan to sell them at a later date.

    Buying interest displayed by end users was fairly slow for retail in-shell gift pack use, and for commercial sheller use as shellers utilize inventories on hand or make purchases from other production areas, as well as wait for additional availability of nuts. Trading was fairly slow for in-shell and gift pack uses. Prices are about steady.

    Prices paid to growers at Oklahoma delivery points or F.O.B. the orchard from noon Thursday, December 19, 2013 to noon Tuesday, December 31, 2013 cents per pound in-shell of generally good quality in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

    • Natives machine harvested 90-100, yard tree lots 50-80 mostly 60-70

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