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Bill Kuykendall inspects pecan nuts. (Tyler Green – Daily Press)
Bill Kuykendall inspects pecan nuts. (Tyler Green – Daily Press)
Pecan production at all-time high

By Tyler Green
Daily Press Staff Writer

New Mexico’s pecan industry posted its largest-ever production for a low-bearing year and raked in the most money – some $186.8 million – in the nation last year.

The state produced 66 million pounds of pecans and was the second-highest producer in the country following closely behind Georgia, which produced 70 million pounds.

Chase Farms Manager Bill Kuykendall was not all together surprised to learn New Mexico nearly bested Georgia.

“We’re usually nipping at the heels of Georgia,” he said adding, “Last year, we did have a real good crop; it was actually our best ever.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

Pecan nuts on the vine during an early stage of growth. (Tyler Green – Daily Press)
Pecan nuts on the vine during an early stage of growth. (Tyler Green – Daily Press)

 

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