The rain this winter has been unprecedented. Our pecan crop ripened in October but because we received fifteen inches of rain that month we could only run our harvest equipment one day. November proved to be a kinder month. With only three inches of rainfall we could harvest a whopping fourteen days. December brought us ten inches of rain and we picked up pecans for only seven days.
Now, I’m not complaining. Winter moisture is good for a perennial crop like pecans. It prepares them for a good start in the spring. And I’m pleased when I look out over the acres that we have harvested to see puddles of water here and there.
But those puddles of water are also sprinkled across acres that we haven’t harvested yet.
But I’m not discouraged. You see, pecan shells are quite protective of the kernel inside. In fact, here is a picture of some Cheyenne nuts that have weathered the entire twenty-eight inches of rain.
As long as the temperatures stay cool I am confident that the quality of the remaining pecans will stay intact. All we need is a week for the ground to dry out and another fourteen rain-free days to finish our harvest.
Will that happen?
Andy Sherrod, Orchard Manager for Royalty Pecan Farms
Andy Sherrod received his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University, along with a Masters degree in Agriculture. After managing 100 acres of peaches in San Saba County for four years, Andy came to Royalty Pecan Farms® in 1986. Andy has lead the farm for over 30 years to produce the finest Brazos River Valley pecans in the State of Texas.