Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Waiting for harvest
Harvesting pecans with high moisture content runs the same risks a harvesting grain before fully dry. Wet nuts can mold, heat up, and destroy pecan kernel quality. If pecans are harvested with high moisture content, they must be dried using a forced air system to remove kernel moisture as fast a possible.
At the Pecan Experiment Field, we don't have the time or resources to dry large quantities of early-harvested pecans. So we wait for nature to dry the crop. What usually happens is that a killing freeze in early November will kill green shucks. This allows the shucks to finally dry, pull back away from the nuts, and the nuts will dry on the tree. So for now, we'll wait.