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Smaller harvest means higher prices for pecans this holiday season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love holiday recipes with pecans, but an off year may make the nuts more expensive and harder to find. Eric Stafne, associate Extension and research professor at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, said the state’s pecan crop is forecast at 1 million pounds. The state produced 5 million pounds last year, and ...

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Particulars on picking the perfect pecan

It’s the holiday season and there is one burning question yet to be answered. No, not how does Santa fly around the world in one night. Rather, how is one to choose the perfect pecan? In addition to buying Mississippi pecans in the shell or already shelled, cooks find a dizzying array of nut sizes, colors, varieties and prices. “When ...

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Demolition of factory ongoing; creating greenspace by river

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez is converting the site of an old pecan factory in the Mississippi River bluff into greenspace. The Natchez Democrat reports workers have been removing the concrete foundation, retaining walls and driveway at the factory site. Mayor Butch Brown said once the concrete is removed and the site cleaned up, the city plans to haul ...

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State's pecan growers smiling over price, demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — With prices and demand for the state’s pecans high, this year’s predicted average to above-average yield is good news for growers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the 2012 crop will yield 2.5 million pounds of pecans. While this yield is down significantly from the 5 million pounds harvested in 2011, it is more in line with ...

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State's farmers triple the peanuts planted last year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers moved from ninth to seventh this year among peanut-growing states, more than tripling the number of acres planted in peanuts. Fresh figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Mississippi farmers put 50,000 acres into peanuts this year, up sharply from the estimated 15,000 acres planted in 2011. The increase leap-frogged the Magnolia State over ...

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