Jane Greene has been in the pecan business for more than 20 years and operates Pecans Unlimited in Augusta. We are now in the peak harvesting for pecans where the season only lasts a few months.
"The harvesting usually goes into October and November and this year they didn't start going good until November," Greene says.
Jane and her staff at Pecans Unlimited usually go through about 50,000 to 60,000 pecans during their seasonal business, but due to too much rain this summer, the pecan crop has seen a spike in the disease called SCAB, a disease that causes the nut to not fully develop and fall from the tree. So far this season, the disease has caused a drop in pecan production from 90 million pounds down to 60 million pounds and that could cause prices to go up!
"We are trying hard to hold out on raising our prices, but they might have to go up," Greene says.
Pecans carry a lot of health benefits, from boosting heart health to reducing high blood pressure and since the 1800's Georgia has led the nation in producing pecans.
"People love pecans in the South and they love to send them to their friends in the North," Greene says.
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