Step 1: Enter the sizes (in acres) of your native grove and/or improved/planted orchard
Step 2: Enter the area (in acres) of native grove and/or improved/planted orchard damaged by wild pigs
Step 3: Accept the long-term average production (pounds/acres) or enter site-specific production for native and/or improved varieties
Step 4: Accept the long-term average price/pound or enter current prices for native and/or improved varieties
Step 5: Calculate.
The Pecan Loss Calculator was developed by Noble Research Institute and Oklahoma State University to estimate the number of pounds and dollars lost as a result of pecan harvester inefficiency and wild pig rooting damage. Research conducted on the Red River Farm, owned and operated by Noble Research Institute, found that 10% of pecans, whether native or improved varieties, were not harvested because of pecan harvester inefficiency. In areas damaged or rooted by pigs, 33.7% of pecans could not be harvested. The Pecan Loss Calculator can calculate estimates for both forms of loss in either native groves or improved/planted orchards. Long-term averages for production (pounds/acre) and price/pound are pre-populated and are specific to native or improved varieties; these values can be overwritten by the user to enter current and site-specific production and pricing.