Damage assessments are coming in from farmers and state departments of agriculture after Hurricane Matthew tore along the Atlantic coastline, and Georgia’s famed pecan industry also took a hit.
Georgia’s ag commissioner Gary Black says pecans were one of the hardest hit commodities in the region, and many farmers lost up to a third of their operation.
According to the Department of Ag, many of the trees are more than 100 years old. Since it takes at lease seven years for a new tree to start producing again, the damage will have a long-term effect on pecan growers.
Georgia is the nation’s top pecan state, producing a third of the U.S. crop. Before Hurricane Matthew, USDA was expecting 90 million pounds from the state this year.
If projections are correct, New Mexico will come in second with 73 million pounds, followed by Texas.
In central Texas, early varieties are hitting the ground.
Gary Joiner of the Texas Farm Bureau shows the process of harvest in the video above.