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Old 01-15-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Boonies of Georgia ~~~~ nuttier than a squirrel turd !
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I recently came across some property that is a 40 acre pecan orchard. Has a 2 story house, a indoor pool house, and all the equipment and buildings needed to run the orchard.
This has peaked my curiousity considerably.
I have ABSOLUTELY no knowledge in this field, and will be doing research on this.
So does anyone have experience in running a pecan orchard?
Is a pecan orchard considered "agricultural land"?
And if so, what advantages or disadvantages come along with being agricultural.

Thanks in advanced for your knowledge and advise !
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:52 PM
 
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Have you tried posting about this in the TX forum? My grandparents in central TX had tons of Pecan trees and we always had pie coming out our ears too. Someone there may know what to do.

Good Luck
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:07 AM
 
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I know this won't do you anygood but i've often wondered if alternative crops i guess you could call them do any good.

like my3 said, i'm pretty sure tx does a lot of pecans, then they sell of the shells for mulch also.

you never do hear much about nut crops, fish farms, pine needle harvesting, flower/ bulb farms,fruit orchards,alfalfa farms, even christmas tree farms, you wonder if there's any money in it.
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Boonies of Georgia ~~~~ nuttier than a squirrel turd !
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I know this won't do you anygood but i've often wondered if alternative crops i guess you could call them do any good.
like my3 said, i'm pretty sure tx does a lot of pecans, then they sell of the shells for mulch also.

you never do hear much about nut crops, fish farms, pine needle harvesting, flower/ bulb farms,fruit orchards,alfalfa farms, even christmas tree farms, you wonder if there's any money in it.


I never thought I'd get replies ! Thanks to all of you.

Just from speaking to a few random people in the area, it sounds like it could very well be profitable. I haven't spoke to the owner on this matter yet, as we are still pending a sale in Florida. But, the people we have spoke to said, that there are folks that come out with machines and "shake" the trees themselves and then pay you. Not sure if they pay by the pound or truckload. Also was told that if we could get into deshelling them, we could sell to local stores and do fairly well there as well. One of the buildings on the property is set up with different kinds of harvesting machiness and scales. Not sure exactly because I am clueless in this area.
Sell the shells for mulch????? Never thought of that. Another interesting point.
Also, I read that pecan orchards are excelent for graising animals. So another option would be to lease some of the land to cattle or horses for several months out of the year. Which apparently is unusual for this part of town.

I have a green thumb that just won't quit. I love caring for plants, trees and animal, and think it would be great if I could devote my time to doing so and profitting. Of course it would not be our only means of income......unless.

Currently, I am a stay at home wife/mom dieing to get to work. I am extremely interested in this opprotunity. I will try to post something similar in the Texas forum with hopes it doesn't get moved. But PLEASE if you come across anymore info. let me know.
I am having a bit of difficulty finding info about the details of running an orchard on the internet.

40 acres seems abit overwhelming to me, maybe due to my lack of knowledge on the subject. I have this vision of being inudated with nuts, and god know, I already live with a bunch of nuts

Again, thanks so much for your input !
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Near Charlotte, NC
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Have you tried this site? - http://www.tpga.org/index.html
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Near Charlotte, NC
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Sorry - thought you were in Texas

Try the Florida Farm Bureau - http://floridafarmbureau.org/
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Boonies of Georgia ~~~~ nuttier than a squirrel turd !
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Sorry - thought you were in Texas

Try the Florida Farm Bureau - http://floridafarmbureau.org/
Thanks, but no longer in Florida, relocated to Georgia
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Near Charlotte, NC
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Ok ..... how about the Georgia Farm Bureau

http://www.gfb.org
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Boonies of Georgia ~~~~ nuttier than a squirrel turd !
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Ok ..... how about the Georgia Farm Bureau

http://www.gfb.org
Thank you, I did pull up the web site, but haven't gotten to explore it much yet. Most of what I have seen so far has been about insurance issues.
You have given me some direction.... Thank you !
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Near Charlotte, NC
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Your welcome. Try this link for information from the Georgia Pecan Commission
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Food scientists and research and development specialists, this is your one-stop spot for pecan information.

Technical Handbook
In order to aid commercial users, the Georgia Pecan Commission developed a handbook entitled, "A Commercial User's Guide for Georgia Pecans." The handbook provides information on varieties and proper utilization of pecans.
This book has a $300 value but is available online free

http://www.georgiapecans.org/commercial.html (broken link)
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