LSU AgCenter pecan specialist Charlie Graham displays a handful of pecans on Nov. 3 at the AgCenter Pecan Research and Extension Station in Shreveport. After harvest, pecans are dumped into wooden containers, which are then moved into this room to be dried. Air is blown into the bottoms of the containers through the black hoses seen in this photo. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter
Louisiana pecan growers who were eager to bounce back from a less-than-stellar crop last year will likely have their hopes dashed this year, with smaller-than-usual harvests predicted for the state and nationwide.