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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Small, but quality harvest this year

  • Pecans showing good quality.
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  • John Grundmann, co-owner of Valley View Pecan Co., said while they’ve shelled thousands of pounds of pecans this season, he described this year’s crop as a “mediocre season” in totals although the pecans have been good.
     
    “Locally, there was not a big crop this year but quality is good,” he said, adding it really hasn’t been a normal harvest year.
     
    Many pecan trees are still recovering from the past few years of drought, he said, and with 2013 being a rainy year, there are still many pecans that haven’t been harvested yet.
     
    “Most pecans are picked up by late November and early December,” he said, but many haven’t been able to pick up pecans in some areas because of the wet conditions.
     
    “They can be picked up all the way until spring,” he said, providing the squirrels and crows, or other critters, don’t eat them all first.
     
    Grundmann, who operates a commercial business, also shells pecans for those who bring them in. For his resale business, he bought most of his pecans this year from a grower near Sapulpa, he said.
     
    About 700 of his native pecan trees in his orchard didn’t produce much this year, he said, and he lost about 100 of his trees that were about 300 years old.
     
    With 40 years in this business, Grundmann said he’s probably had 15 really good years for pecans.
     
    Weather can play a big factor; from an early spring freeze to a late October freeze.
     
    “It’s anybody’s guess — it’s Mother Nature,” he said.
    And while he’s probably shelled 60 to 70,000 pounds this season, that’s down from the usual 100,000 pounds, he said.
     
    “We’re looking at a down year,” he said, although they have been busy.
    On average, most pecan trees are an every-other-year bearing plant, he said, with most typically having a good crop every three years.
     
     
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