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      Georgia Pecan Month off to a slow start

      For hundreds of years Georgia has the led the Nation for producing those crunchy nuts we love. If you didn't know, we're talking about pecans but this year, pecan season may have been washed out.

      / Franklin White

      For hundreds of years Georgia has the led the Nation for producing those crunchy nuts we love.

      If you didn't know, we're talking about pecans; this year, pecan season may have been washed out.

      Putt Weatherbee says, "pecans are important to us because they're our livelihood."

      For over 40 years Putt Weatherbee and his family have run, Nut Tree Pecan Company and says pecans deserve a lot of respect.

      November is known as the peak of harvest as well as Georgia Pecan Month, but most farmers say this year they don't have much reason to celebrate.

      "We're putting a lot of nuts through the plants but we're just not getting the poundage out that we need," says Weatherbee.

      He says during a normal season Georgia produces about 88 million pounds of the nuts, but this season Georgia will only produce two thirds of that.

      Hilton Segler says, "we can grow pecans much better in dry weather."

      Hilton Segler, Executive Director for the National Pecan Growers Council says due to the massive amount of rain and little sunshine this summer, the crops didn't do so well.

      "It reduces the size. It will make them abort. The nuts will not be any good and the quality will be way off and so it's a real problem for our growers."

      Despite the slow harvest, the American Heart Association has added the Georgia Pecan to it's list of certified healthy foods.

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