US Pecans: Fighting for Their Share

Pecans are the only nut native to the United States: nearly 30% of production is harvested from the ‘yard crop’—native and seedling trees grown and produced on small farms, in rural homes, or on riverbanks—when prices are favorable.

Picture of pecan nuts

US pecan production has averaged 277m in-shell pounds in the last ten years, compared to 255m in-shell pounds the previous ten years. The USDA estimates the 2015/16 US crop to be 254m in-shell pounds, which some industry observers believe to be slightly conservative. The next crop is expected to be better, since weather has been favorable to date. Last fall's harvest was negatively impacted by rainy weather in parts of the U.S. and Mexico.