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Pecan nut industry expects boom years as demand from China soars

Consumer demand for all nuts continues to grow, in part due to Asia’s appetite for them, but the pecan variety in particular is set to experience strong growth in coming years.

The pecan industry’s peak body, the Australian Pecan Association (APA), estimates the number of trees in the ground to increase by 500 per cent over the next five years.

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ABC Rural By Kim Honan and Lara Webster
Posted 28 December 2018 at 8:26 am

Farmer gives pecan nuts a reputation makeover

A Queensland pecan farmer, whose nuts are sold all over the world, is expanding her on-farm cracking facility in a bid to improve their reputation at home.

Michelle Chicken took over the 10,000-tree orchard next door to her family’s beef cattle property in Mundubbera in a bid to diversify their business… [follow link to original story…]

Canada’s PSP fund buys majority stake in Stahmann nut business

Originally established east of Moree in 1971, Stahmann Farms Enterprises is Australia’s largest pecan grower and processor and a major macadamia processor and marketer.

One of Canada’s biggest pension funds has teamed up with management of the expanding nut producer, processor and marketer Stahmann Farms Enterprises (SFE) to fund further growth of the NSW and Queensland business … [follow link to original story…]

USD $4.4 million grant to help NMSU better understand pecans

Clonal rootstocks for pecans are coming!

NMSU has just received a grant to study the genetics of pecans so they can begin to screen for properties like salt tolerance and dwarfing, allowing the screening of developing cultivars before planting. This will significantly reduce the release time, by allowing researchers to scan genetics rather than rely on growth habit after a number of years.

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Experimental plot of pecans on Riverland property

Pecan grower David DeGranci is growing an experimental plot of pecans on his Riverland property.

After clearing his block of citrus and grapevines, David de Grancy decided to think outside the square for a new crop to establish.

The vines and citrus trees, which had been on the Monash property since the 1970s were cleared when those industries declined…. [follow link to original story…]