Caption: The nation's pecan industry has taken a huge hit this year, losing half of its crop to drought. The poor harvest comes at a bad time: Demand from China is gobbling up the US pecan supply, driving up prices, just in time for pecan pie season. Vernon Spaunhorst of Heritage Family Tree Farm in Washington, Mo., is one of the lucky exceptions. Spaunhorst, a tree farmer, who dabbles in pecans, is having a banner crop year since his pecan trees are fed by a local creek, providing a constant water source. After running the load with a tumbler which separated the nuts from debris, Spaunhorst goes through by hand to separate pecans that are still in their shell that are mingled with the nuts Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Washington, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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