ORANGEBURG, S.C. (November 26, 2013) Heavy rains earlier this year have put a big dent in South Carolina's pecan crop, and prices are likely headed up.
Perry Arant shells the sweetmeats for small growers at the OMC Feeds company in central South Carolina.
He said his storeroom should be bursting, but has been pretty empty in recent weeks.
Arant and other processors say heavy spring rains hit pecan trees hard this spring, preventing good nuts from forming.
There is plenty of demand for pecans from China, too, which means prices for the nuts prized on the holiday table could rise.