The only major tree nut that grows natively in North America, the pecan can grow as tall as 150 feet, have trunks more than 6 feet in diameter, produce nuts for over 100 years and live for 300 years or more. Here are a handful of other interesting pecan facts to digest.
Did you know?
- For centuries, the native pecan was an important food source for Native Americans. Today, many pecan varieties are named for Native American Indian tribes, including the Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw, Creek and Shawnee.
- There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans that come in an assortment of sizes, from the mammoth (200-250 halves per pound), all the way down to the small topper (751+ halves per pound).
- It would take: 5,640 pecan halves to equal the weight of a typical watermelon • 144 million pecans to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool • 11,624 pecans, stacked end-to-end, to reach to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City • A line of 10 billion pecans to reach the moon.
- Commercial pecan growing started in the 1880s. With the introduction of the industrial shelling process in the 1920s, pecan production exploded to 2.2 million pounds annually. Today the industry is producing an incredible 300 - 400 million pounds per year.
- Georgia, New Mexico and Texas share the top three spots across our U.S. pecan producing states, with crop yields reaching 207 million pounds.
- The U.S. produces 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop.
In years past, shipping pecans was exhausting and very labor intensive. Pecans were stored in 140-pound burlap bags and manually loaded into semi-truck trailers one at a time. Whew! The industry began to explore alternative storage options and resourceful pecan growers turned to a more efficient solution, bulk bags. BAG Corp has worked alongside the pecan industry ever since.
Super Sack® containers, made from a heavy-duty woven polypropylene fabric, have the capacity to hold upwards of 2200 lbs of pecans. The breathable fabric is engineered to provide maximum air flow and to minimize molding potential. Corner loops allow for the bulk bag to be lifted by forklift, crane or hoist, but caution must always be exercised. Once the bag has been safely hoisted, the pecans can be dumped into a grain trailer using a portable conveyor.
To help you understand the proper ways to safely handle a bulk bag, the updated FIBC Safe Handling Guidelines are available for download, below. These guidelines address some common situations, but always consult BAG Corp regarding your specific application and handling environment.
BAG Corp offers stock bulk bags through our online store and available for immediate shipment from our warehouse. If you have questions regarding your product or which bulk bag meets your needs, contact one of our BAG Corp Customer Product Specialist for assistance.
To download your free .pdf copy of the updated FIBC Safe Handling Guidelines, click here.
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