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Louisiana pecan crop one-third the size of last year's

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This year's pecan crop will likely be smaller than last year's - in Louisiana, about one-third as big. Nothing's gone wrong. With pecans, small crops follow big ones. Last year, Louisiana had 15 million pounds of nuts in the shell, with the U.S. crop totaling nearly 303 million pounds.
At the LSU AgCenter's Pecan Research Station in Shreveport, Randy Sanderlin says Louisiana's crop is likely to be 5 million pounds, with about 200 million pounds expected nationally.
But he says Louisiana's crop will be top-quality nuts. He says large crops strain the trees, so nuts are smaller.
Mississippi is also among the 14 pecan-producing states.  Farmer Max Draughn of Rayville says Mississippi's crop is expected to total 1.5 to 2 million pounds.

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