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Growers say good pecan crop this year

Growers are going nutty at Lane Southern Orchards since the pecan harvest has just begun.

"It's been one of the best crops we've had in the past few years," said Abel Aguilar, a farm labor supervisor.

He says Lane's harvest started in the past two weeks and will continue until around Christmastime.

"We usually harvest it one time," he said, "We come back for the second time trying to get all the nuts of the trees."

Once the nuts are shaken off the trees, they're harvested, then dumped to be taken to the cleaning facility.

Aguilar on a good day, they will harvest up to 100,000 pounds of nuts.

"A good portion of the Georgia pecan crop goes overseas to China every year," said Phillip Rigdon, a farm manager, "I would say somewhere between 50 and 60 percent."

Rigdon says that demand does affect the price in the U.S, but he says this year's prices may drop a little from last year, meaning you won't have to break the bank for pecan pie this Thanksgiving.

Aguilar says while harvesting may last up to 3 months, sometimes pecans can still be picked into the new year.


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