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PRODUCTION
FROM PLANTING
TO PACKAGING
Miller Pecan's vertical
integration takes the
orchard to the retail shelf
BY CRYSTAL NAY
MANAGING EDITOR
F
rom the orchard to the retail shelf, to mulch and the
landscaping of garden walkways, Miller Pecan
Co. is involved all the way. It's one
of the few pecan producers in
the country that sees the nuts
through the entire process -
planting, grafting, harvesting,
cleaning, shelling, packaging,
marketing and sales.
Brothers Justin and Jared Miller
have been growing and harvesting
pecans since the mid-80s and now
spearhead the Miller Pecan operation,
located in Northeast Oklahoma on
river bottom land along the Neosho
River. Straddling state borders, the
family grew in Northeast Oklahoma and,
in 2000, built a custom cleaning barn in
Kansas, which allowed them to clean for
neighboring growers. After consolidating
to Miller Pecan's current location, the
brothers opened a processing facility in 2014,
growing the business their father Len started
and becoming fully integrated after roughly
three decades in the field. They currently
only harvest what they own, and have harvested as much as
1,500 acres, with about half that in production right now and
another 250 acres planted ranging from 1-15 years.
With some of the 15-year trees getting close, the majority
of that block is still 5-15 years away from production. When
everything is planted and ready, the Oklahoma-based
operation will have 1,100 acres in production.
Processing, however, is a different story, with pecans being
sourced not only locally from neighboring farms, but also
28 MARCH/APRIL 2022
From left, Justin, Seth and Len Miller stand
in front of a Nut Hustler pecan picker.
Photos: Miller Pecan
from a few other states, including Oklahoma's bordering
states of Kansas (which is a mere 10 minutes away) and
Texas, as well as the nation's top pecan producer, Georgia.
This year, the operation expects to process at least 2,0002,500
tons of pecans, with additional tons dependent on
how the nation continues to be affected by the coronavirus
pandemic and supply chain interruptions.
" A lot depends on the world we live in now with COVID, so
we have to be careful with inventory, the stuff we're buying
and everything, " said Jared Miller, co-owner of Miller Pecan.

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