ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Farmers and buyers say this year's rainy summer has taken its toll on South Carolina's pecan crop.
Golden Kernel Pecan Co. owner David Summers told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that he expects to only crack and shell about 300,000 pounds of pecans this year. He normally processes about 1 million pounds.
Orangeburg County Clemson Extension fruits and vegetables agent Morgan Judy says excessive rains this summer when the nuts were blooming kept pollen from transferring properly to the flowers. The moist weather also contributed to more disease in the trees.
Summers says next year's crop may also be bad because leaves are falling off pecan trees about a month before they should. The leaves feed the next season's crop.
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