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SEPGA Features Launch Of New Web Tool, New Cultivars

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association congregated in Destin, Florida at the end of February for its 2009 annual meeting. Growers came to learn from the seminars as well as talk to other growers about this year’s crop expectations and the economy. The meeting covered a number of topics including pest and disease management, newly released...

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Pecan Ipm Program Tackles New Projects

The dogwoods and redbuds are in full bloom and trees are breaking bud so a new season is upon us—ready or not. There will be a lot going on this year with the Texas pecan IPM program so for this month’s column I would like to list a few things that the pecan IPM group...

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Cold Storage Pecans Total 235 Million Pounds

USDA’s end of February report indicates that cold storage holdings of pecans grew during February from 224 to 235 million pounds, in-shell basis. That makes the end of February number this year (235 million) just slightly below the end-of-February total in 2009 (239 million). When broken down into shelled and in-shell categories, there were approximately...

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Pecan Exports: Is The Chinese Market Sustainable?

Pecan exports to China doubled in 2009 compared to 2008 and have increased about 860 percent since 2006 (see Fig. 1). Prices for improved varieties increased this past, high-production season. Price improvement during a high production year is very rare due to the counter cyclical nature of production and prices (see Fig. 2). The price...

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Shellers Address Current Issues At Mid-Winter Meet

ATLANTA, Ga. – Almost every major sheller in the pecan industry was represented at the 2009 NPSA Mid-Winter Meeting, February 26-28 at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee, FL. Two days of educational programming featured experts on government affairs, consumer trends, supply chain management, resource conservation, plant management, shipping and logistics, food safety and quality control. Members...

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Spring Brings New Possibilities

As we start a new decade, the people in the pecan industry have as much optimism as I can ever remember, and with good reason. Prices have been good for the grower and for the sheller. Consumption is high and with the industry going into an “off” year, supplies will likely continue at a level...

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A Walk In The Grove

It was a long cold winter. When the weather finally broke with a warm spell in mid-March, I decided to enjoy a moment of warm sunshine to walk the grove. This has become a sort of annual tradition with me, looking over the trees and reflecting on all the things we did right and all...

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NPSA Requests Support For Marketing, Promotion And Research Program

NPSA requests support for Marketing, Promotion and Research Program ATLANTA – The National Pecan Shellers Association’s Marketing, Promotion and Research Committee thanks the 65 pecan growers (companies, individuals and state/regional associations) who contributed more than $165,000 last year to the industry’s only national program designed to expand the market for pecans. The Marketing, Promotion and...

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