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Pecan trees at Bass Pecan Co. in Raymond, Mississippi, are loaded on Oct. 11, 2016. Pecan yields are expected to be the best since 2003, when the state produced 4 million pounds of the popular holiday nuts.  (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
November 4, 2016 - Filed Under: Nuts

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite timely rains throughout the summer, late-season drought is pushing back pecan harvest for most Mississippi producers.

"We thought we were going to be early with our harvest this year when our nuts set early this spring," said Max Draughn, owner of Bass Pecan Co. in Raymond and president of the Mississippi Pecan Growers Association. "We had rains every week up until Labor Day. Then we had no rain. We went into slow motion when it got dry."

April 25, 2016 - Filed Under: Nuts

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi Pecan Growers Association will host a spring field day on May 3 in Raymond, Mississippi.

Registration for the field day will begin at 1 p.m., and the program will end at 4:30 p.m. The event, to be held at Pecan Hill Farms at 19470 Highway 18, is open to the public.

This pecan at Pecan Hills Farms in Raymond, Mississippi, is open but not quite ready for harvest on Oct. 8, 2015. The state’s harvest is delayed by a few weeks because of the dry summer. (Photo by MSU Extension/Susan Collins-Smith)
October 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Nuts

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite a wet spring followed by a dry summer and fall, Mississippi should have average pecan yields in 2015.

Mississippi trees are producing fewer pecans than normal this year, but consumers will be pleased with the size and taste of most nuts, such as these from an orchard in Oktibbeha County. This photo was taken on Oct. 31, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
October 31, 2014 - Filed Under: Nuts

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippians love holiday recipes with pecans, but an off year may make the nuts more expensive and harder to find.

Eric Stafne, associate Extension and research professor at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, said the state’s pecan crop is forecast at 1 million pounds. The state produced 5 million pounds last year, and Mississippi’s average pecan harvest is 2-3 million pounds.

Cooper Farms, located in Smith County, offered a variety of colorful peppers at the Mississippi Farmers Market on High Street in Jackson, Mississippi, Aug. 5, 2014. Consumers increasingly turn to truck crops farmers for locally grown fruits and vegetables. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
August 8, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Fruit, Nuts, Commercial Horticulture

JACKSON -- Locally grown produce continues to increase in popularity on Mississippi’s kitchen counters, grocery shelves and restaurant menus as consumers seek fresher fruits and vegetables.

To get them, they often turn to the state’s truck crops growers, who traditionally sold their specialty items, such as tomatoes, berries, nuts and sweet corn, from the beds of their pickup trucks.

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