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Smaller Texoma pecan crop blamed on weather

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Demand is stripping the supply of Texoma pecans. (KTEN) Demand is stripping the supply of Texoma pecans. (KTEN)
The 2018 pecan harvest fell short of expectations. (KTEN) The 2018 pecan harvest fell short of expectations. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- This year's pecan crop is coming up a little short.  Heavy rains and an April frost heavily impacted the popular holiday pie ingredient in both Texas and Oklahoma.

Cecil Crabtree, a Denison pecan farmer, said circumstances have put a dent in the supply.

"Weather really played a big toll on us this year," he said. "We had a much larger crop back earlier, but the weather's come in. It stayed so wet back early."

Crabtree said that's the case not only across Texoma, but in most of the two neighboring states. But that doesn't diminish the demand for pecans at his retail shop.

"We're having a hard time keeping a quality crop, a quality nut up there," he said.

But despite difficulties with the Texoma pecan harvest this year, prices for the nut haven't been this low in more than two years, according to PecanReport.com.

Crabtree is expecting a better harvest in 2019, but added that you never know what kind of hand nature will deal you.

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