Celebrate New Mexico: Pecan Orchards

WILD COWS IN THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. WE ARE ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE COUNTRY TO GROW PECANS. TODD ​​KURTZ STOPS AT ONE OF THE LARGEST ORCHARDS IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF LAS CRUCES. TODD: I LOVE DRIVING IN LAS CRUCES AND SEEING PECAN ORCHARDS. THE CLIMATE HERE IS PERFECT FOR CULTIVATING THIS NO. THE DRIVE ALONE IS WORTH THE TRIP. THE FEW MILES THROUGH THE ORCHARD ARE MAGNIFICENT. THERE ARE A FEW PLACES IN OUR STATE WHERE YOU GET AN AWNING LIKE THIS. >> FROM 1930 TO 1932, THEY BEGIN TO PLANT PECAN TREES. TODD: ORIGINALLY THEY PLANNED TO GROW COTTON. >> A PECAN TRUCK PASSED BY. MY GRANDFATHER BOUGHT THEM. TODD ​​SALLY AND HIS SON RAPHAEL SHOW US THIS YEAR’S HARVEST. THE 4,000-ACRE FARM PRODUCES THE MOST PECANS IN NEW MEXICO. OVERALL, OUR STATE IS A LEADER IN PECAN PRODUCTION. IN 2020, 130% OF AMERICAN PECANS COME FROM NEW MEXICO, SECOND BEHIND GEORGIA. THESE PECANS SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE USA AND EUROPE. THEY USUALLY HARVEST AT THE END OF NOVEMBER WHEN THE LEAVES HAVE DROP. >> ONCE WE HAVE HAD A GOOD FREEZE, WE WAIT A FEW DAYS AND DROP THE TREES WITH A BOOM SHAKER. I WAS — TODD: I HOPE THAT WAS THE ANSWER. >> PECAN NUTS FALL TO THE GROUND. TODD: THEY ARE Swept INTO PINK AND RECOVERED FROM THERE. THIS IS A ONE MONTH JOB. HALF OF THE TREES COMES FROM THE ORIGINAL CULTURE. THEY PLANTED 4000 ACRES BETWEEN 1932 AND 1939. >> WE DON’T REALLY KNOW HOW LONG THEY LAST. THEY COULD BE HERE FOR 100 MORE YEARS. TODD: I HOPE MANY MORE STA GENERATIONS

Celebrate New Mexico: Pecan Orchards

As we continue to celebrate New Mexico, Todd Kurtz takes us to one of the largest pecan orchards in the state. Stahmann Farms has been around since the 1910s and supplies much of the country’s pecan crop. Watch the video above to learn more. For more Celebrating New Mexico stories, click here.

As we continue to celebrate New Mexico, Todd Kurtz takes us to one of the largest pecan orchards in the state.

Stahmann Farms has been around since the 1910s and supplies much of the country’s pecan crop.

Watch the video above to learn more.

For more Celebrating New Mexico stories, click here.

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