New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Georgia pecan production jumped 36-percent between 2010 and 2011.
Last year Georgia Pecan growers also benefited from droughts in states like Texas and Oklahoma. Nationwide production was actually down 8-percent. This led to record prices, partially fueled by demand from China.
Randy Hudson is the President of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association; he also has trees in six counties. He said this year’s crop will be smaller, but prices could actually go down a little. Ninety-percent of his crop goes to China.
“I mean I would say that China has done more for our industry here in the Unites States than anything that any of us have been able to do over the last 50 years,” said Hudson.
Hudson said new trees are being planted all throughout the pecan belt stretching from Georgia to Arizona. Georgia leads the nation in pecan production.