Heavy Rains Make for Poor Alabama Pecan Season

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GREENVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama farmers say heavy rain and fungus have put a dent in the pecan crop.

J. Ryan Williams of Quality Co-Op said his firm is paying 60 cents per pound of pecans this year compared to 90 cents last year. Reports say that the crop probably won't be as good because of rain and fungus.

The manager of McGowin Farm, John Fuller, said the wet summer cost his operation thousands of dollars in treatments to prevent moisture-related diseases. He said the farm was able to save its harvest.

A co-owner of Priester's Pecans, Thomas Ellis, said he expects prices that prices will not spike even with the reduced supply because there is still of glut of pecans from last. However, he predicted higher prices are possible next year.

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