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.