Pecan harvest stuggling after weekend deluge

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DOTHAN, AL. (WTVY) - Weekend rainfall has taken its toll on the pecan harvest this year.
The area received more than five inches of heavy rain on Saturday into Sunday morning.

The pecans are rotting internally from all this heavy rain.
Shute Pecan Company in Dothan is reporting one of its worst years in its 89 year history.
The hurricane devastated many pecan trees in the eastern parts of the Wiregrass.
But this recent rain and warmer weather are only making matters worse.

"Certainly this will be the earliest year we've ever closed. We've still got a little time left in us," said Shute Pecan Owner Sandi Hodge. "We're wrapping it up. We're getting to the end of this. That's heartbreaking for us. That's heartbreaking for our customers. A lot of people depend on this."

Pecan trees are leafing out due to the warmer weather.
Because of this, the Shute Company is extremely concerned about next year's crop too.

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