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Pecan crop smaller this year

August 29, 2002

Dougherty County - Pecan growers are expecting a smaller crop this year.

The drought and cooler-than-expected weather is partially to blame. Pecans like heat, but need water.

Pecan growers say not enough rain has a big affect on size and quality of nuts. Blue Three Groves' manager, Tom Stevenson, explains, "If they don't get adequate moisture in July the nuts will remain small and won't grow to be large nuts."

Pecans produced a big crop last year, meaning fewer nuts are expected this season when trees are regenerating.

Georgia usually leads the nation in pecans. Last year, the state produced 95 million pounds, 15 million more than the year before.

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