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Pecan farmers face delayed harvest season, lower yields

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Pecans being harvested at Country Grove pecan grove in Lee County Pecans being harvested at Country Grove pecan grove in Lee County
Workers at Country Grove pecans in Lee Co. take pecans out of the grove to be processed Workers at Country Grove pecans in Lee Co. take pecans out of the grove to be processed
Richard Grebel, Manager of Country grove pecan grove in Lee County Richard Grebel, Manager of Country grove pecan grove in Lee County
Pecans waiting to be loaded on to a shipping truck Pecans waiting to be loaded on to a shipping truck
A bag of freshly harvested pecans waiting to be loaded A bag of freshly harvested pecans waiting to be loaded
LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Pecan farmers are getting a later start to the harvest season than usual this year due to all of the rain this fall.

Richard Grebel manages the Country Grove Plant in Lee County, and he says they started their harvest about three weeks late. "One of the problems we had was this year was the number of times it rained," Grebel said.

The delayed harvest is forcing pecan farmers to have to work extra hard in order to get their pecans shipped in time, but that's not the only problem they're facing.

Grebel said the rain has also caused a lot of scabbing, a disease that ruins pecans. "the scab affects quality, it affects size and it affects your pounds and what you can get for your crop," said Grebel. "Certain varieties had that scab bad, especially desirables, were... the damage was, I would say, pretty devastating."

Grebel and his crew began harvesting on Monday and will have to work seven days a week, from dawn until dusk, for the next three weeks to get the pecans shipped on time.

Grebel said it's to early to tell, but he expects his crop to be anywhere from 30 to 40 percent less than last year. He is thankful, he says, that he and his crew had the necessary equipment and were able to minimize their losses, but said his crop, like most pecan farmers, has taken a big hit this year.

 

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