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Drought helps pecan crop?

October 30, 2007

Albany -- Dry conditions this summer could help make this year's pecan crop one of the best.

Some trees at Shamrock Farms look more like weeping willows under the weight of the pecans. Instead of two pecans per cluster, growers are seeing four an five nuts.

Harvesting began three weeks ago, and it's expected to be double what it was last year.

"It's good for growers that it's a good year if you can get you're pecans up early, prices ought to be strong starting out. As some of the other states come on, prices will be a little weaker later on, but it's good for growers," Assistant Farm Manager Trey Pippin.

Growers say prices could remain high, depending on what foreign markets demand.

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