Pecan Pies, Exports at Risk After Irma Knocked Down Trees

Crimped supplies may mean no Thanksgiving pecan pie

Just a few weeks before the crop is usually harvested, Hurricane Irma tore through pecan orchards in Georgia, the top U.S. grower. As much as 30 percent of production may have been lost after high winds sent pods flying off branches and blew down trees that in some cases measure several stories high, said Lenny Wells, a professor and pecan specialist at the University of Georgia in Tifton. That could crimp supplies for Thanksgiving pies and also threatens to limit U.S. exports, which have surged in recent years.

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