Western Region Pecans: Light Deliveries and Moderate Demand

    Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was moderate for good quality pecans. Harvesting continues and is expected to increase this week in southern New Mexico and the El Paso area of Texas, while those areas north of Las Cruces are in the early stages of harvesting.

    Harvested quality has been generally good.

    The weather forecast for the balance of the week calls for low temperatures in the low 30s to upper 40s, with highs in the low 60s to low 70s. A 10-20% chance of precipitation is projected for Tuesday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 10, with no precipitation projected for the other days this week.

    Buying interest displayed by end users was moderate 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. Trading was fairly light for in-shell and gift pack uses. Deliveries and purchases of Improved varieties mostly Western Schley were fairly light.

    Prices paid to growers (from noon Tuesday, December 2 through noon Tuesday, December 9, 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 pecans in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated.

    • Western Schley 52-55% meat yield 146-165 occasional higher and lower

    Lots in excess of 20,000 pounds:

    • Western Schley 54-57% meat yield 183-205 mostly 189-205 occasional higher and lower

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