Pecan farmers see lower yields

Pecan farmers see lower yields
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - A Piggott pecan farmer says the weather has had an adverse affect on his harvest this year.

According to Tim Holland, he has only harvested 70 pounds of pecans from an orchard that usually yields nearly 35,000 pounds.

"We had a tremendous amount of moisture and rain during the pollination season," said Holland.  Holland said due to the rain the pollen ended up being washed away.

He said that because of this, farmers across the nation are dealing with a 30 to 40 percent crop.

He said this loss could put some farmers out of business if they do not have insurance.

"It could be devastating, especially for a new farmer," said Holland.

He says despite the low harvest he thinks consumer prices will only rise slightly.

"I don't think you'll see it jump up 25 cents," said Holland.  "You might see it jump two or three cents, or four, or five but nothing drastic."

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