The Texas Pecan Growers Association reports the state’s pecan crop is looking good this harvest time.
Texas Public Radio visited the Comal Pecan Farm, south of New Braunfels, as grower Mark Friesenhahn was winding down his harvest.
Friesenhahn is a 5th generation German descendent whose family matriarch was part of the migration from Germany to Texas in the mid-1800s.The family has been farming and ranching along Dry Comal Creek pretty much ever since.
Friesenhahn began planting pecan trees on the farm in 1989. Today, the 71-year-old retired Exxon-Mobil engineer oversees 110 acres, half of which is planted with Pecan trees, some 49 per acre.
He took Texas Public Radio on a tour of his farm and explained some of the ups and downs of the pecan growing industry.
“The crop is a lot lower volume than last year and the quality, we’ve had a few issues with late season pests, insects,” he said.