Pecan trees (Carya illinoinensis) are native to North America. There are two types of pecans produced within the United States: native or seedling, and improved varieties. The entire 2014 U.S. pecan crop totaled 264.2 million pounds or 132,075 tons, less than a 1 percent decrease from 2013 and 2012. The value of the 2014 pecan crop was $517 million, an increase of 12 percent from 2013. Commercial pecan production was reported in 14 states. Over three-fourths of U.S. pecans were produced in the states of Georgia, New Mexico and Texas (NASS, 2015).
pecan seed are available in several kinds, including but not limited to hemp, sunflower, and stevia. These products find application in an array of industries. They are nutrient-dense, potent products in edible grade. Moreover, they can be added to many dishes to add crunch and enhance the taste. These products are an ideal choice for fulfilling daily dietary needs. Goods have minimal moisture, ensuring extended consumption. They are screened with the utmost care, ensuring the highest quality. The products have been shielded from the attack of insects and rodents. The produce has a uniform appearance and size throughout the order quantity.
Farmers have many different options when selling their pecans. Farmers can sell their pecans in-shell or shelled. They also can sell straight to consumers through farmers’ markets and online websites for retail prices or to accumulators, wholesalers and shellers for wholesale prices. Farmers shelling their pecans prior to selling must keep in mind the costs for shelling equipment and additional labor (NMSU – Cooperative Extension, 2010).
Buyers are mainly concerned with the price they can receive for the pecan nutmeat. For this reason it is extremely important for farmers to know the shell-out percentage of their pecans to receive the greatest value for their crop. The shell-out percentage is the amount of nutmeat yield in relation to the weight of the entire pecan (NMSU – Cooperative Extension, 2003) (NMSU – Cooperative Extension, 2009). Shellers not only sell pecan nutmeat, but also pecan shells for use in products such as particleboard and landscape mulches. Farmers who shell their own pecans could add value to their crop by selling the shells in this same manner (NMSU – Cooperative Extension, 2010).
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