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Joe Ballou within 3.25 pounds of pecan record
One hundred pounds of kernels from two Rives Kerbow trees would far eclipse previous record for his trees, and he thinks it would be a record for Adair County
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By Ed Waggener
Joe Ballou says that he has now shelled 96.75 pounds of pecans from two of his trees this year. "That will be a record for Adair County," I believe. One hundred pounds of pecans kernels from two trees is one he set, an arbitrary figure, he admits--but an honorable and monumental one, too.
With pecans selling in the supermarket for as much as $12 a pound in cans, that would give this year's harvest from his Old Springfield Road farm in District 6 of Adair County a street value of over $1200.
"I've said for years that if a person had 100 pecan trees they could make a good living," he said. At $600 per tree, that would be $60,000 from 100 pecan trees. That's optimistic math, of course, and it would work out like that, but there would still be a sizable income.
Ballou says he's still hopeful the tree will yield the other 2.5 pounds. "There're there," he said, "they just haven't fallen down yet."
Bought trees from Rives Kerbow's Columbia Nursery
The trees are two of four he bought from the late Rives Kerbow at the Columbia Nursery at the corner of Greensburg and Marshall Streets.
That was in 1965, and it took until about 1980 for the trees to start bearing. Now they are producing greater and greater yields.
Shelling the pecans hasn't been easy. "I've worn off the fingerprints on four fingers and my thumbs," he said.
But he thinks it's been worth the effort.
One of his plans for the shelled pecans is to barter them with widow women he knows. "I've already had three of them offer to bake the pies on shares," he said. "I'll furnish the pecans and the pie shells," he said, "and they'll bake the pies and then we'll split them. Every time they bake two pies," he said, "I'll get one and they'll get one."This has been an unusually good years for pecans. His previous record? Just 35 pounds of kernels from the same two trees. That's why he thinks 100 pounds would definitely go into the World Record Book of Guinesses for the most ever to come from two pecan trees in Adair County.
This story was posted on 2009-01-18 09:28:37
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