As Chad Selman stood in the middle of a central Oklahoma pecan grove and watched his workers bring in another harvest, he reflected on the challenges and the benefits of being a young farmer. Like the pecan trees he nurtures year after year, his commitment to farming runs as deep as their roots in the red Oklahoma dirt.
The family business began with Chad's father, Chuck Selman, with one tractor and one pecan grove near Skiatook, Okla. In addition to their own groves, the Selmans' pecan business has grown to include custom pecan harvesting for others. "We harvest and custom harvest 45 different pecan groves, and I have about 10 larger groves of my own," Selman said. "We pick in five different counties in Oklahoma."