By Andy Sherrod, Orchard Manager
"So what do you do in the off season?"
I hear this question a lot and I don’t have a simple answer. You see, in order to do something during an off season, one must first HAVE an off season.
Actually, I don’t blame people for asking the question. If they have a pecan tree at home, they’ve already picked up the crop and moved on with their lives by now. They probably don’t realize what it takes to harvest 15,000 pecan trees.
Even though pecan harvest season begins in the fall, it can often last through the winter. So, we may be starting a new calendar year, but the crew at Royalty Pecan Farms is still harvesting the latest crop. It's not because we're slow but because this is how long it takes to do the job. This happens every year. In October we long for the harvest to start, and as we near completion, we long for it to be over.
Our men and women have been working from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM six days a week for the last two months. I’ve got to hand it to our crew (and I say this every year), they are the best. Really! Maintaining this kind of pace takes perseverance. I’m proud of all of them.
Once harvest is finally over, we will begin hedging the trees and start the massive cleanup that follows (see next month’s blog post). After that, we will perform annual maintenance on our irrigation system and prep our equipment for the coming year. And after all of that, the trees will wake up and we'll begin a new production year ...
There's always work to be done when you're taking care of a pecan orchard, and we're thankful for the chance to do it. Oh, and if we ever get to an off season, you can read all about it right here.