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Texas Pecan Shows Not Just About Recognition

The pecan show is underway throughout Texas, with 26 county or multi-county shows representing approximately 45 counties. Four regional shows are held in mid-December and the state competition takes place at the TPGA conference in July 2011. Each year the state show identifies the Grand Champion native entry with the best combination of size and...

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Good and Bad from 2010

The 2010 pecan year at the Texas A&M pecan orchard had some good and not so good results. We finished removing trees in the Storey block with a 50-by-50 spacing for 25-year-old trees. The stumps did not all die, so we still have to take out stumps for about 30 trees. We had a good...

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Native Trees Recover from Ice Storm Damage

The older I get, the more respect I have for the durability of our native groves. Wind, floods, drought, freezing temperatures, and ice storms have all pummeled our native groves. But following every natural disaster, native groves recover and grow back into productivity. Sure, we lose some trees along the way, but our younger native...

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Crop Failure

It is now the middle of November and it has become quite obvious that this is the year of the crop that never was in the Southeast. Never again will I forget the old adage that “a short crop gets shorter”. I am going to tattoo that on my forehead. I do believe that we...

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Industry to Establish Research and Extension Priorities

Research and Extension programs on pecans need your direction and support. A planning conference has been scheduled for Feb. 13-15, 2011 at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Industry representatives have been invited to establish research and Extension priorities in a) production, b) processing and distribution, and c) consumer and retail markets. The industry...

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Optimism Pervades New Mexico Pecan Growers’ Field Day 2010

New Mexico State University’s Leyendecker Plant Science Center in Las Cruces was the setting for the 2010 New Mexico Pecan Growers’ Field Day on Nov. 4. The annual conference was organized by the New Mexico Pecan Growers and co-sponsored by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; the New Mexico Department of Agriculture; and...

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