Monday, October 12, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year's pecan crop could reach 309 million pounds, up nearly 60% from last year's 193.9 million pounds.
That suggests plenty of nuts will be available for those who can't get enough pecan pie at Thanksgiving. But continued rain in major pecan-growing states could dampen the crop's quality, and that could affect prices at the grocery store.
USDA officials say frequent summer rains produced widespread disease in Georgia, the nation's biggest pecan producer.
And the deputy director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Louisiana says she's also received reports of farmers losing pecans because of recent storms. Sammye Crawford says consumers shouldn't count on cheap nuts this year.