NM pecan harvest shatters expectations

Posted at: 03/02/2014 6:14 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2014 6:20 PM
By: The Associated Press

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico pecan growers say they may be seeing their largest crop in years.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1clAmiJ) farmers initially estimated the state's winter harvest was 60 million pounds of in-shell pecans.

Growers say a breakdown of how much has been purchased indicates a haul of 75 million pounds.

Farmers and experts say if the figure holds steady, the haul will be the state's largest of the last 10 years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates New Mexico's last big pecan crop was 74 million pounds in 2007.

Growers say the feat is surprising since last year was considered the worst river-water irrigation year in a century.

Several farmers say trees that were planted in the past 15 years are now hitting their stride.