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Pecan crop worse than expected

Special to SEGAZINE

The quality and quantity of Georgia’s 2013 pecan crop is in worse shape than originally feared.Due in large part to pecan scab, a fungal disease that thrives in wet conditions, Georgia’s pecan crop is expected to total between 50 million and 60 million pounds, instead of the normal 90 million. University of Georgia pecan horticulturist Lenny Wells had — in early fall — predicted a poor harvest of between 65 million and 70 million pounds, but in reality, the harvest fell short of even the most pessimistic predictions.“There’s kind of an old saying in the pecan business that a short crop gets shorter. That has definitely held true this year,” Wells said. “Most growers that looked like they had a good crop are getting about a third less than what they thought was there.”

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