Southwest Georgia’s pecan farmers are in the midst of harvesting their crop, but they’re a couple of weeks behind schedule and they’re losing a lot of the nuts to a fungal disease called pecan scab. What will all that mean for holiday pecan prices? Not much right away, but it could push consumer prices up down the road.
White-nose syndrome infects bats with a fungus and can be fatal. It started in New York and has moved as far south as Alabama. Georgia Department of Natural Resources scientists believe it will hit our state sometime this year. So they want to get a handle on the state’s bat population.