Pecan trees destroyed by Hurricane Matthew

Pecan trees destroyed by Hurricane Matthew

GEORGIA (WTOC) - One crop that could suffer from Hurricane Matthew's wrath for years to come: pecans.

Some local growers lost hundreds of trees, some as many as a thousand.

The storm came on the eve of harvest as trees held hundreds of pounds of pecans and that weight helped topple them to the ground. Growers say the wind and rain combined to wipe out plenty of orchards.

"Even after the storm, we continued to lose trees because the ground was just so saturated. The trees continued to fall," said Clint Oliver, a pecan grower.

It takes 10 to 15 years to grow a new tree large enough to generate pecans.

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