By Andy Sherrod, Orchard Manager
“Normal” is a relative term. The word implies that something is generally expected. For example, your body operates at a temperature of 98.6 degrees. If you don’t have a fever it is said your temperature is normal. With the 2015 World Series now in the books I’m drawn to use a baseball statistic. It is normal for a starting pitcher to throw around 95 pitches before his accuracy wavers and he’s replaced by a relief pitcher.
So what does baseball and fever (hmmm, baseball fever) have to do with growing pecans, you may be wondering.
Normally we are harvesting pecans by now and normally we are running a full crew and normally we are working 80-hour weeks. But alas, this is not a normal season. Back in the spring we very nearly received our annual rainfall in the first 5 months of the year then the summer turned out to be completely and totally devoid of rain. In late October we very nearly received our average rainfall again and this time it came in only 3 days.
But such is the nature of this business, so we do what we can when we can. November is harvest season, and I’m confident we will, indeed, harvest pecans. We do have some new crop pecans in the store right now and we are still giving orchard tours every Saturday.
November is normally a gorgeous month with cool temps and warm sunshine. So, come out to the farm and enjoy an abnormally good time.