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Specializing in the markteting of tree nuts.
So Who's Holding a Gun to Your Head? - 12/19/17
A number of years ago, while attending a meeting of the National Pecan Sheller’s Association, I happened upon a large group of shellers who were complaining about high inshell prices.  Several times during the conversation, the discussion became rather...
Beginning October 1, Based on the New Marketing Order, All Meats will be Converted at a Shell-out of 50% - 12/07/17
On July 31, 2008, the National Pecan Sheller’s Association changed the meat-to-inshell conversion rate from 40%, the rate that had been used by the industry for decades, to 44% to more accurately reflect the increased production of higher yielding...
The USDA Releases the September Cold Storage Holdings - 10/23/17
The USDA Cold Storage Holdings for September were released today. The 2016 carry-out was 155.1 million pounds (inshell basis); 26 million pounds more than 2015.  Assuming that the numbers are correct, and not adding anything for the seven states excluded...
USDA Releases their 2017 Pecan Crop Estimate - 10/12/17
October 12, 2017 The USDA released their only 2017 pecan crop estimate today projecting a crop of 277.4 million pounds (inshell basis).  Assuming that number is correct, the supply situation shapes-up as follows:   20162016 2017 (est.) Carry-In...
While Hurricane's Harvey & Irma Do Significant Damage to the Crop, Supplies Still Appear to Be Good - 09/22/17
A lot has been said about the damage to the Texas and Georgia crops as a result of Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, and while there was significant damage, especially to the Georgia crop, it could have been a lot worse.  It could take weeks to clean up the...
Concerns Over Mexican Crop Keep Market Firm in the Face of Projected Good 2017 Supply - 08/23/17
To say that China’s entry into the pecan market has been a double-edged sword would be an understatement. Their appetite for large, high quality, high yielding inshell, and their willingness to pay exorbitantly high prices to get it, has not only...
Pecan Market Remains Firm Even With Record Mexican Imports - 07/25/17
Yesterday’s release of the July Cold Storage figures contained nothing that should dramatically change current market pricing.  While overall inventories increased slightly over the same period a year ago, this is probably due to the record amount of...
USDA Releases Final 2016 Pecan Crop Estimate - 268.77 Million Pounds (Inshell Basis) - 06/28/17
The USDA released their annual Noncitrus Fruit and Nuts 2016 Summary a few weeks early this year.  Based on their survey figures, they estimate the 2016 crop to have been 268.77 million pounds, inshell basis, up from their October estimate of 262.7...
Tri-State Growers Forecast 292 Million Pound 2017 Pecan Crop as Consumption Continues to be Stronger than Expected - 06/23/17
The past few weeks have been full of good news for the pecan industry.  Overall exports are up, overall exports to China are up, meat sales to China are up, and even with high pecan prices, overall pecan shipments continue to be good.  Further, while...
Domestic Pecan Consumption Continues to Shrink in the Face of Increased Demand From China - 05/22/17
Based on today’s release of the April Cold Storage Holdings, as well as currently available data, it would appear that overall pecan consumption is only down about 7%.  When one considers current pricing levels, and the fact that the industry lost about...

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