Pecan harvest slow going in Dona Ana County

Posted at: 12/27/2013 8:53 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The weather has caused some problems for pecan growers in southern New Mexico.
The first delay for the harvest was prolonged warm weather. Growers must wait for temperatures cold enough to kill the greenery and prep the trees and pecans for picking.
A snow storm in late November and rain a couple of weeks ago added to the delay.
With muddy orchards, harvesting machinery can't move through the rows to shake nuts off the trees and sweep them off the ground.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the problem is worse for some growers depending on where their orchards are located.
Near Garfield, Edmund Ogaz's fields are taking a while to dry out after getting 5 inches of snow. Just north of Las Cruces, grower Dick Salopek has been harvesting since the day after Thanksgiving.

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12/27/2013 3:01:29 AM (GMT -7:00)