Wet spring hurts pecan crop

Wet spring hurts pecan crop

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia's pecan crop is much smaller than farmers expected this year.  This year's crop is smaller because of scabbing due to all of the rain in the Spring.

The president of Pecan Company here in Albany says the rain also contributed to the harvest getting started about two weeks later than normal.

Even with the late start though, he expects the pecans to be ready in time for the holidays, but don't be surprised if those pecans cost you more than last year.

"In my opinion, the crop will be in on time for the holiday market. Consumers may see a difference in price. Obviously, higher than last year," said Putt Wetherbee of Nut Tree Pecan Co.

Wetherbee says he expects to be done harvesting the early varieties of pecans by Thanksgiving and the later varieties by Christmas.

He says given the unexpected small size of this year's crop he is already looking forward to next season.

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