Unfortunately, our potential for more quality issues has increased this week with the extended periods of rain and warm weather. Here we are in early November with temperatures still above 80 degrees following heavy rainfall and more rain expected in the forecast for the next several days. These conditions are conducive to sprouting (also known as premature germination or vivipary) in pecans the longer they remain on the tree, particularly for those inside shucks that are yet to open. As a result, I would not be surprised to begin seeing more of this problem on varieties like Stuart under conditions of stress such as heavy crop load and/or crowded orchards. To minimize this problem at this point, try to shake and harvest as soon as weather conditions allow. Fortunately we have cooler weather in the forecast for next week.