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Early Season Foliage Pests Sometimes Pose Problem

From my list of insects that feed on pecan, I have recorded over 100 that feed on the foliage, most of which are considered secondary or nuisance pests. From the emails, phone calls and orchard site visits I make, I have determined that 4 of the most common early-season foliage pest problems are phylloxera, sawfly,...

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Successfully Managing Native Pecans Can Be Challenging

One of the most challenging aspects of pecan production is managing the native pecan grove. Native pecan groves are unique since no two native trees or orchards are alike. Since these differences exist, each grove must be managed differently. To successfully manage a native grove, a producer should take a holistic approach when evaluating the...

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Commodity Commissions

As most of you know, for many years I have been a proponent of a federal research and promotion order to collect mandatory funds to use in research and for the promotion of our product in the marketplace. I am about to change my mind on this because of problems that I perceive with our...

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Riding Along With Dr. Storey

I wouldn’t be a pecan specialist were it not for Dr. J. Benton Storey. The procedure for acceptance into graduate school at Texas A&M University, in addition to grades and test scores, requires that a professor in the department be willing to take on a prospective student. My ticket to Aggieland was punched by Dr....

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One-Bite Caramelized Pecans Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Serves 10 Ingredients: 100 large (about 6 oz. or 2 cups) pecan halves 2 Tbsp butter 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne 1/8 tsp garam masala (or you can try curry powder or cumin) 1/2 cup sour cream (about 2 oz.) 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about...

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TriState Pecan Convention & Trade Show

Program Thursday, June 17  8 a.m.-5 p.m.            Exhibitors set-up 11 a.m.            Board of Directors Meeting for Each Association 1 p.m.            Registration 2 p.m.            Welcome 2:10 p.m.            Invocation 2:15-2:45 p.m.            “Studies in Controlling Pecan Phylloxera, With Observations On Biology and Emergence – Dr. Mike Hall,LSU Pecan Research Station 2:45-3:15 p.m.            “Insect Transmission of the Pecan Leaf...

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Remembering Dr. Benton Storey

When I was hired as a soil scientist/water management research scientist at the A&M Center at El Paso almost 30 years ago, cotton was the king. To my surprise, a horticulturist at College Station, who turned out to be Dr. Benton Storey, invited me to attend the Texas Pecan Growers Annual Conference. At the time,...

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A Final Conversation With Dr. Storey

In May 1967, Dr. J. Benton Storey launched The Pecan Quarterly magazine on behalf of the Texas Pecan Growers Association. TPGA later also purchased Pecan South magazine, which was being published in Georgia, in 1984 and combined the 2 national magazines into one industry-wide publication. The first issue of Pecan Quarterly is pictured here, featuring...

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The Passing of a Legend: Dr. J. Benton Storey

All involved in the pecan industry are well aware of the work of Dr. James Benton Storey as he was not only a distinguished and internationally recognized Professor of Horticulture and taught the Nut Culture class, Hort 418, at Texas A&M, but also was the heart and soul of the Texas Pecan Growers Association. His...

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J. Benton Storey, 1928-2010

Benton Storey in 1957 began a 45-year career with the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he taught HORT 418 “Pecan Culture” from 1960 to 2002. He was a major advisor for 52 advanced degree students in various components of pecan science. More professional pecan scientists trained under...

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Pecan Nut Casebearer Management Tools

It is hard to believe that it is almost that time of year when producers across Texas and other states will need to start focusing their attention on their pecan nut casebearer management program. In fact, at the time of this writing, the first PNC adults have already been collected in pheromone traps in South...

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