- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The value of New Mexico’s pecan crop inched up in 2017 to more than $220 million as production reached a record high.

Statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show pecan production in the arid state topped out at a record 92 million pounds (42 million kilograms) last year. That’s up 28 percent from 2016.

The value of New Mexico’s crop was up 4 percent. The price per pound in the state was $2.40, slightly higher than the national average annual price of $2.33.

New Mexico is second only to Georgia when it comes to pecan production. Growers in that state reported an average year with 107 million pounds (48 million kilograms) of pecans and negative impacts from Hurricane Irma.

Texas was a distant third with 38 million pounds (17 million kilograms).



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