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California drought problems run deep

Larry Willson, President of Willson Farms Larry Willson, President of Willson Farms
Almond trees Almond trees
A record breaking drought in California could boost sales for a south Georgia product.

The drought has devastated California's almond crop, driving the price past 4-dollars a pound.

That's opening a door for the pecan market because pecans are much cheaper.

But one South Georgia grower thinks it will be a while before pecan producers see a benefit.

"Two to three years down the road, you may see more of this moving over to some crops that don't require as much water because when you start getting salt in your wells that's a pretty serious citation," said Larry Willson

Willson says the growing market for south Georgia pecans in China is changing the industry and benefiting growers much more than any impact from the almond crop.

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