Pecan production in New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) —  New Mexico, one of the top ten producers of pecans in the United States accounts for over a fourth of the value of pecans produced in the U.S..

That boon to our economy could be severely threatened when in the middle of an extreme drought, Doña Ana County pecan farmers must rely on pumping groundwater as opposed to using the Rio Grande.

Greg Salopek, partner of New Mexico Pecan Company, said he hopes for maybe “one and-a-half” opportunities for irrigation this season.

He said groundwater doesn’t provide the nutrients that come from the Rio Grande.  In terms of cash receipts, pecan production ranks fourth among New Mexico’s agricultural products.