|Harvesting a young orchard|
By harvest time 2017, the trees in this orchard averaged over 7 inches in diameter and were producing a full crop of nuts. Lets take a look at this year's yield data.
Twelve to fourteen pounds of pecans per tree doesn't sound like a lot of pecans but, when added up on a per acre basis, the income generated by these young trees is significant.
The trees in this orchard were planted at a density of 27 trees per acre. This means that Gardner produced 327 lbs/acre, Faith produced 378 lbs/acre, and Lakota 359 lbs/acre. I sold these nuts for $3.00 per pound which translated to a gross return that ranged from $981 to $1134 per acre depending on cultivar. That's not bad for a 15-year-old pecan orchard.