Pecan Facts & Figures

-Top three pecan producing states are Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas.

-The state’s in-shell pecan exports to China total about 15 million lbs. in 2008

  Pecan group- In 2009 New Mexico was ranked first in value of production of pecans in the United States, resulting in approximately $133 million in net sales going directly to the grower.

-New Mexico is ranked second in production of pecans in the United States. The top three pecan-producing states are Georgia, New Mexico and Texas.

Pecan production in New Mexico reached 70 million lbs. in 2009… this was an increase of 27 million lbs. from 2008.  The price per pound increased from $1.45 a pound in 2008 to $1.90 per pound in 2009. Production in 2009 was valued at $133 million, compared to $62.35 in 2008.

New Mexico’s 2009 crop was valued at about  $23 million more than during 2007, even though 2007 was a larger crop.

Shelled pecans-A handful of pecans have the same amount of fiber as an apple.

-Of all the nuts, pecans contain the highest levels of antioxidants.

-2007-2008: New Mexico pecan exports reached more than 25 million lbs., resulting in approximately $40 million in net sales going directly to the grower. 

-New Mexico exported approximately 15 million lbs. of in-shell pecans to China in 2008.

-The holiday season is the busiest for pecan consumption.

-New Mexico is ranked second in production of pecans in the United States.
-2008: New Mexico’s pecan industry generated an estimated $62 million in cash receipts for the state.

-2009: New Mexico ranked second in production of pecans in the United States, resulting in 62,250,000 lbs.

-2009: New Mexico ranked first in value of production of pecans in the United States, resulting in approximately $133 million in net sales going directly to the grower.

Whole pecan-More than 35 percent of pecan producers in New Mexico are Hispanic.

New Mexico has the largest concentration of pecan orchards in the world, representing about 36,000 acres of producing trees.

Southern New Mexico is home to the majority of the pecan orchards in the state.

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Some Facts about the New Mexico Department of Agriculture
and some General Facts about Ag in our state:

NMDA developed the “NEW MEXICO – Taste the Tradition®” and “Grown with Tradition®” logo program in an effort to identify and promote all New Mexico agricultural products including food, fiber, wine, produce, nuts, and livestock through the use of one easily recognizable logo.

The Agricultural industry is very important to New Mexico’s economy with cash receipts totaling more than $3.12 billion in 2008!  Total economic impact is estimated at more than $6 billion.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates in 2009 there were approximately 20,500 farms in New Mexico

New Mexico Top Ten Cash Commodities 2007 - 2008
1. Milk - 56.6%
2. Cattle and calves – 41.5%
3.  Hay sales – 31.8%
4.  Corn, including silage – 15.3%
5.  Pecans – 8.8%
6.  Greenhouse and nursery Sales – 8.7%
7.  Onions – 6.7%
8.  Wheat – 5.4%
9.  Chile – 4.5%
10.  Cotton – 4.4%