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Letter from the Editor: “Wait and See”

Like every year, July seems to be the month that sets the tone for the oncoming harvest. This month growers finally have a general idea of what their 2018 crop will look like—for better or worse. The industry continues to share state crop estimates from growers associations (Those will be published in the August issue). And in other parts of the industry around the world, the harvest is coming to an end.

But even with these estimates and observations, the industry is still sitting in the same place: the “wait and see” stage. Hard work, management adjustments, and endless effort still cannot prevent late-season surprises.

In this issue, Pecan South hopes to prevent some of these surprises. We’ve included a number of management articles; a couple examines the importance of water in growing a crop, while another reviews a potential enterprise that could make the most of your native grove.

During this time, the “wait and see” mantra also pertains to other aspects of the industry, specifically the political side. While preparing the July issue, our office was inundated with updates from Washington, D.C. One minute there were potential tariffs on Chinese imports being discussed. Another it was the 2018 Farm Bill. And the next updates from the Department of Labor were hitting my newsfeed. Even with all these changes, we exist in the same state: “wait and see.”

Yet even as we wait, we can still prepare. Because of this, I’m happy to share three industry-focused articles this month. The first delves extensively into South Africa and its potential impact on the international pecan industry. The second is an opinion piece that examines country by country how pecan production is growing throughout the world. And the third provides an update from the American Pecan Council.

As we approach kernel fill, I hope these articles can provide you with more information to make better pecan decisions.


Catherine Clark

Managing Editor

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Catherine Clark

Catherine Clark is the managing editor of Pecan South. She has her M.S. in Journalism from the University of Southern California, and her B.A. in Communication and Spanish from Trinity University. For questions, comments or concerns, she can be reached at