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Pecan crop benefits from wetter year

Crop better than in previous years; Rain not the only factor

SEGUIN, Texas - People come from all over to get pecans in Seguin, a city that lays claim to being the "Pecan Capital of Texas."

"They're fresh and they have just a good selection," said Becky Siegel, who traveled all the way from Portland, Texas, to pick up pecans.

Drought has hurt the crop in recent years, but this year Mother Nature gave it a little boost.

"We had rains where we got four or five inches and then it didn't rain for five or six weeks," said Tom Schoolcraft, who has been growing pecans for 45 years.

There were also other factors that came in to play.

"We had a little bit of rain -- not nearly as much rain as we should have had -- but we had a little bit of rain. We didn't have web worms. A lot of things we didn't have. We didn't have troubles with insects this year," said Zelda Pape.

She and her husband, Kenneth, have been growing and processing pecans in Guadalupe County for more than 50 years.

The recent conditions created a larger than average crop this year.

The increased supply has driven the price per pound down slightly this year.

The harvest has been taking place for about three weeks, and according to Zelda Pape, will continue for about five or six more weeks. This year's harvest should be in stores through next summer.


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