Letter from the Editor: “Our Annual Harvest Photo Contest returns!”
Harvest is in full swing! Growers across Texas, Oklahoma, and the Southeast are shaking trees and bringing in new nuts. While some growers enter their orchards with hope and optimism, others prepare for a difficult season and work to recover. Climate-related hardships have impacted pecan growers across the country—extreme heat and severe drought throughout the Pecan Belt, a devastating spring freeze in Arizona, and, most recently, Hurricane Idalia, which wiped out a significant portion of the 2023 crop in Georgia.
As always, Pecan South is here for you. Our office is always available to provide resources or support, so please reach out. We also aim to help bring a little fun to this year’s harvest through our annual Harvest Photo Contest. For the sixth year, we invite you to send photos of your orchard, harvest, or other cover-worthy happenings.
Last year, Lindsay Holcomb entered the winning photo of her father’s hardworking hands that appeared as our February cover. She hoped to surprise her dad, Joe Thomas, a longtime Pecan South reader. Have you photographed any beautiful moments in your orchard or with your family? Enter that photo in the contest! Maybe your photo will grace the cover of our February 2024 issue.
We’ll follow the same submission process as previous years, and our staff is excited to see what pictures you all send in. Each year, we’ve received more and more entries showing new and exciting moments from across the industry. You can find more details on how to enter a photo on page 30.
The Pecan South team is hopeful that this month’s magazine, special editions, and newsletters will prove helpful sources of information and industry news, especially throughout this busy time of year.
‘Till next time,