According to the USDA Federal-State Market News Service, pecan prices remain low throughout Georgia. Growers are picking up what is left in the orchards and bringing in what they have not put into cold storage. Rain and wet orchards have left some areas with excess moisture and damage from rot.
Growers are working those lots harder to clean them out and have them ready for testing and sampling. Prices remain about steady with a moderate interest from domestic buyers. Retail and gift pack purchasers are still looking for top quality pecans, while the export business to Asia has been virtually non-existent and slow as compared to previous years past. The season is rapidly winding down in Georgia. Most lots are blended varieties.
Blends with (nut count 50-65) meat yield 48% to 50% are selling for about $2.50-2.65 per point; meat yield 45% to 47% sold for about $2.40-2.50 per point; and Blends with meat yield 41% to 43% sold in a range of about $2.00-2.25 per point.
Prices paid to growers (late afternoon Tuesday, December 22, 2020 through late afternoon Tuesday, January 5, 2021) at buyers delivery point or F.O.B. the orchard including direct sales to end users, cents per pound in-shell of generally good quality in lots of 20,000 pounds or less unless otherwise stated:
Cape Fear (deliveries insufficient to establish market)
Desirables (deliveries light) yard tree lots, 80-100
Elliott (deliveries very light) yard tree lots, 90-100
Farley (deliveries very light) yard tree lots, 70-80
Moneymakers (deliveries very light) yard tree lots, 40, occasional higher
Native/Seedlings (deliveries light) yard tree lots, 40-50, occasional lower
Schley (deliveries light) yard tree lots, 70-85
Stuarts (deliveries light) yard tree lots, 50-75, mostly 70-75, few high as 90
Sumner (deliveries light) yard tree lots, 70-80
Lots over 20,000 pounds including truckloads:
Cape Fear, Desirables and Sumner (most lots are Blends, see prices above)