4/14/2012

Pecan Production By State (In Order Of Production)

Pecans were one of the most recently domesticated major crops. Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s.   Today, the U.S. produces between 80% and 95% of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150–200 thousand tons from more than 10 million trees. 

The nut harvest for growers is typically around mid-October. Historically, the leading pecan-producing state in the U.S. has been Georgia, followed by Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma; they are also grown in Arizona, South Carolina and Hawaii. Outside the United States, pecans are grown in Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Mexico, Peru and South Africa. They can be grown approximately from USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9, provided summers are also hot and humid.



Pecan Production By State




Rank

States

Pounds

% Of U.S.


1

Georgia

110,000,000

40.53%


2

New Mexico

59,000,000

21.74%


3

Texas

40,000,000

14.74%


4

Arizona

18,500,000

6.82%


5

Alabama

10,000,000

3.68%


6

Louisiana

9,000,000

3.32%


7

Oklahoma

9,000,000

3.32%


8

California

3,900,000

1.44%


9

South Carolina

3,000,000

1.11%


10

Arkansas

2,600,000

0.96%


11

Mississippi

2,100,000

0.77%


12

Florida

1,600,000

0.59%


13

Kansas

1,500,000

0.55%


14

Missouri

1,200,000

0.44%


United States

271,400,000


 


**Source: NASS/USDA: Prepared By: Rob Cook