Texas Pecans: Demand Good but Quality Variable

    Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is expected to continue to increase over the next two weeks. Pawnee, Wichita, Cheyenne and Desirables are currently being harvested, as well as Natives.

    Pecan quality has been variable, but improving. Pecans continue to run towards the small size.

    The weather forecast for the balance of the week calls for low temperatures in the mid-30s to mid-60s, with highs in the upper 50s to upper 70s. A 10-20% chance of precipitation is projected from Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30. No precipitation is projected the other days this week.

    Buying interest displayed by end users was good for in-shell, gift pack use, and moderate for commercial sheller use as shellers continue to utilize inventories on hand or make purchases from other production areas or wait for additional availability of nuts. Some growers are delaying making marketing decisions, opting to concentrate on harvesting and accumulating supplies in order to dry and grade nuts for later sale. Trading was moderate for in-shell and gift pack uses.

    Prices for Natives are higher, while others are generally unchanged.

    Prices paid to growers from (noon Tuesday, November 18, 2014 to noon Tuesday, November 25, 2014) at buyers delivery point or F.O.B. the orchard including direct sales to end users, cents per pound in-shell of generally good quality in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

    Cheyenne 54% meat yield 175-225 mostly 200

    Natives yard tree lots 50-70 mostly 60-65 few higher and lower

    Pawnee 52-54% meat yield 150-200 mostly 170-180 few higher

    Wichita (deliveries insufficient to establish market)

    Desirables yard tree lots 100-175 mostly 125-150

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