Oklahoma Pecans: Moderate Demand, Steady Prices

    Deliveries by growers to buying points was moderate. Demand has been moderate. Harvesting is expected to remain about the same this week.

    The weather forecast for the balance of the week calls for temperature highs from the low 40s to the upper 60s, and temperature lows from the mid 20s to the low 40s. There is a chance of precipitation on Tuesday, January 14, with no precipitation projected for the remainder of the week.

    Buying interest displayed by end users was moderate 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. Many growers have opted to put their remaining pecans in cold storage and plan to sell them at a later date. Trading was moderate for in-shell and gift pack uses. Prices are about steady.

    Prices paid to growers at buyers delivery points or F.O.B. the orchard (from noon Tuesday, January 7, 2014 to noon Tuesday, January 14, 2014) cents per pound in-shell of generally good quality in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

    • Natives machine harvested 75-100 mostly 85-90, yard tree lots 50-70 mostly 60-70 occasional higher

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