Pecans may see record year in NM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Despite dire drought conditions, New Mexico pecan growers say they may see their largest crop in years.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports farmers initially estimated the state’s winter harvest was 60 million pounds of in-shell pecans.

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

If that figure holds steady, farmers say it will be the state’s largest harvest of the last 10 years.

State officials estimate the last big pecan crop was 74 million pounds in 2007.

Growers are pleasantly surprised since last year was considered the worst river-water irrigation year in a century. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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