Deming – Despite weather-related delays for this year's pecan harvest, southern New Mexico producers are anticipating average to above average yields.
Recent rainfalls and snow have left fields muddy and sticky, posing a problem for machinery used by Luna County producers. Mimbres Valley farmer Rick Holdridge says his harvesting efforts have been delayed by at least three weeks.
But Holdridge says his crews should be finished with the harvest as early as this week, and his farm will be processing pecans through late January.
Nationally, pecan crop yields tend to be heavy one year and light the next.
Holdridge says last year's yield was about 1,200 pounds to the acre, which he called "terrible." This year, he expects yields of 2,500 pounds per acre.
Information from: Headlight, http://www.demingheadlight.com
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