An alternate bearing crop and a strong export market have converged to create the perfect storm for Georgia pecan growers this season.
Pecan trees alternate bear, with one season being light followed the next season with a heavy crop, according to a news release.
2011 happens to be a heavy or "on" year, and growers expect to harvest 90 million to 100 million pounds.
Although the yields are high, they won't set a record.
But prices are bringing $3 or more per pound, which could push the crop's value to more than $300 million or $100 million more than any previous year's.
Credit the Chinese and their new-found taste for pecans for the higher prices.
That country has imported 40 million to 90 million pounds annually.