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Despite being a year of lower production, the quality of this year’s pecan crop is excellent. The harvest in Central Texas is moving quickly as conditions are perfect for the process. Last year, excessively wet conditions prolonged the harvest period through April for some producers. This setup at Royalty Pecan Farms in Burleson County is gathering pecans that have been shaken from the trees, then raked into windrows.

High quality of pecan crop expected despite ‘off’ year

While many producers in agriculture are adversely affected by the dry conditions of the fall and winter, the pecan industry thrives as the conditions are perfect for a faster, more efficient harvest. Lee, Fayette, and Burleson County pecan producers are currently harvesting their crop in perfect weather for the task. Andy Sherrod, Orchard Manager for Royalty Pecans in Burleson County, is thrilled at the current conditions. “We were unaffected by the dry summer of 2019 and the relatively dry fall because our orchard is irrigated and most major producers of pecans are in the same situation. The quality of the ...

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