Pecan harvest short but good quality

January 7, 2014 • Local News

Visibility in a pecan orchard is obscured as workers harvest their crop, Tuesday afternoon. (Mark Wilson Photo)

This year’s pecan harvest in the Roswell area will produce a smaller crop than last year, but the quality is excellent, local growers said this week.

Harvesting is running a few weeks behind, but for an off year, the overall situation for Southeast New Mexico pecan farms is looking good.

“All in all, everything is going along as good as could, and the quality is looking real good,” said Bill Kuykendall, farm manager at Chase Farms in Artesia and Roswell.

Haley Farms in Roswell, with its 1,600 acres of some 40,000 trees, will wrap up harvesting in the next two to three weeks, said Bruce Haley. Early freezes in the late spring of 2013 affected some of the product, just as it had across the region.

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