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Pecan growers experience shortage in crops this year

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago December 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015 Wednesday, December 30 2015 December 30, 2015 5:38 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

NEW ROADS - Pecan growers are having to adjust their prices because of a decrease in crops this year.

"Last year we shelled until about the middle of May. It may be April when we stop this year," said Andre Bergeron, owner of Bergeron Pecan Company.

Bergeron told News 2 the reason for the shortage is the rainy weather that took place earlier in the year.

"(We got) a lot of rain in the spring, when the trees were pollinating. And it knocked all the flowers off, and it hurt the pollination of the trees," said Bergeron.

But for some Louisiana pecan eaters, an increase in price isn't enough to keep them away.

"You kind of have to do what you have to do to enjoy the holidays. And to spend time with family and that's all a part of Louisiana tradition," said Wendell Christophe.

Many prices have risen up to a dollar more a pound.

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