Georgia is the nation's largest supplier of pecans, accounting for about a third of U.S. pecan production. An average pecan harvest in Georgia is about 88 million pounds - enough to make 176 million pecan pies.

The state's major pecan-producing region is near Albany, in south-central Georgia, although there are large and small orchards from Atlanta southward. The peak harvesting months for Georgia pecans are October–December.


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Popular Publications
  • Pecan Trees for the Home or Backyard Orchard (B 1348) Pecan trees are commonly found surrounding both urban and rural dwellings throughout Georgia. They can enhance the environment and provide additional income from the sale of nuts. This publication contains comprehensive information about pecan trees for the home or backyard orchard.
  • Establishing a Pecan Orchard (B 1314) A well-planned, organized orchard will be more efficient, require less input and offer larger potential returns. Select the orchard location based on its soil type, drainage, water table and land topography. Straight rows in planted orchards make maintenance, irrigation and harvest easier. Tree growth and spacing requirements can also be anticipated for the early planting and subsequent orchard thinnings.
  • Pecan Varieties for Georgia Orchards (C 898) The most fundamental step in pecan production is the selection of varieties or cultivars to be planted in the orchard. Planting the wrong pecan variety can be a costly mistake, resulting in considerable expense. This publication includes descriptions and photos of pecan varieties suitable for planting in Georgia orchards.
  • Budding and Grafting of Pecan (B 1376) Individuals who propagate trees have their own personal preferences with regard to propagation methods. As with many practices related to pecan production, timing is important for successful propagation.
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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

UGA Pecan Team Blog The UGA Pecan Extension Blog is designed to provide timely information relevant to pecan production in Georgia for use by county extension agents and pecan producers.

Pecans at UGA Summarizes the history and recent production output of Georgia's pecan growers. Includes extensive resources on pecan growth and pest management, newsletters from and contact information for the Pecan Team and external links.

Pecan Breeding at UGA Lists pecan cultivars, recommends cultivars for different environments and shares links to related papers and external websites.

Impact Statements: Pecans Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to pecans.

TimBrenneman.org Pecan Truffles A significant aside to Dr. Tim Brenneman’s pecan program is work on pecan truffles, which he discovered in Georgia in the late 1980s. Brenneman is collaborating with others to better understand the biology of these fascinating fungi.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

Georgia Pecan Commission Targets consumers with extensive recipe lists, health facts, and information on purchasing and storing.

Georgia Pecan Growers Association Connects visitors to state pecan growers' associations and pecan suppliers and hosts conferences. Provides detailed nutritional information on pecans.

National Pecan Shellers Association Targets consumers with recipe lists, extensive health information and purchasing information.


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Pecans at UGA Summarizes the history and recent production output of Georgia's pecan growers. Includes extensive resources on pecan growth and pest management, newsletters from and contact information for the Pecan Team and external links.
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News
  • Northern Nut Growers Association August conference to highlight building sustainable, efficient agricultural practices. Published: 07/11/17
  • Pecan Production Costs UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells says pecans have to be protected against insect pests and disease pressure. Published: 04/26/17
  • Pecan Book Book covers the health advantages of pecans, the development of different varieties and the nut's surge in popularity around the world. Published: 04/13/17
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Top Pecan Producers
County Name Value
Colquitt $473,233,569
Madison 452,121,098
Hart 445,358,748
Franklin 401,762,962
Mitchell 356,112,652
Jackson 323,172,205
Tattnall 322,139,619
Macon 294,711,849
Decatur 282,226,107
Hall 280,710,574
State Total: $13,838,993,517

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.