By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
University of Georgia experts say that despite Hurricane Matthew's major damage to southeastern pecan orchards, the state could have a good crop.
Georgia produces about one-third of the U.S. pecan crop, harvesting from October through December. Matthew swept through Oct. 7-10, knocking down big trees and blowing green nuts to the ground.
UGA Extension pecan expert Lenny Wells says the hubs are around Albany and Fort Valley. Both are more than 100 miles from hard-hit Appling and Tattnal counties.
Wells says Tattnal County agents tell him orchards there lost 10 to 30 percent of their trees.
Extension service coordinator Wade Parker says those farmers cannot harvest nuts until the trees are out of the way.
However, Wells says that outside of the hurricane-stricken area, the crop could be one of the best in quite a few years.