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NM Pecan Production Soars by 28 Percent

Record crop in 2017!

NM Second largest producer

Pecan production in New Mexico soared by 28 percent in 2017, coming in at a record 92 million pounds, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

That represented a 20 million pound increase over 2016, when New Mexico produced 72 million pounds of the nuts.

The value of New Mexico's 2017 crop was $220.8 million.

New Mexico is the nation's second-largest pecan-producing state. Only Georgia produced more (107 million pounds). Texas came in third place (38 million pounds), followed by Arizona at 28 million pounds.

The only downside to the USDA's report was that the price of pecans fell nationwide. The 2017 price per pound in New Mexico was $2.40, $0.56 lower than in 2016.

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