Visit a working pecan farm just a stone’s throw from Moree.
Moree and its surrounding country comprises NSW’s northern wheat belt and makes up some of the most fertile farming country in the state. But this precious bread bowl offers our nation more than just wheat, as you’ll quickly discover at Stahmann.
The 700 hectare property is home to more than 80,000 mature and highly productive pecan trees. Developed in the 1960s, the site was selected for its deep, well-drained alluvial soil, its high rainfall and its location, essentially wrapped in the Gwydir River, which is irrigated to supplement rainfall. Conditions here are perfect for growing pecan trees, and the farm’s crop yields often exceed that of the growing regions in North America.
The trees themselves are beautiful. Large and deciduous, they can grow up to 40m tall though at Stahmann are trimmed to around 20m for ease of harvest. We visited in summer when their leaves were rich and green and their nuts developing. A farm tour includes a drive around the property to see trees at various stages of maturity, a tour of the on-site de-husking facility and, at the right time of the year, observation of harvest.
The latter is done via mobile shakers that knock the nuts off the trees to be collected by mechanical sweepers. During the early stages of this period, in April, the trees’ leaves are rich in autumnal colour. By the time the harvest finishes in July, they are bare.
Stahmann Farms has proudly pioneered the development of insecticide-free farming methods and uses advanced biological pest control technologies. These include the use of natural insect predators and moulds to regulate the population of harmful pests in the orchard. That means a healthier environment for workers, and a healthier product for consumers. Win, win!
Stahmann Pecan Farm tours can be booked at the Moree Visitor Information Centre.