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Food Safety and You

Many of you will say that food safety does not pertain to you on the farm but you would be wrong — more wrong than you can imagine. Recently Congress passed and the President signed the first major legislation revising and enlarging food safety law in many years. With the exception of those items that...

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Apply Herbicides On Soil!

Many pecan growers, we’ve observed, think you should spray herbicides onto existing weeds, rather than onto soil. This concept is true for that class of herbicides referred to as post-emergence, like glyphosate (Roundup, many others) or Gramoxone. Several problems can develop if you limit your herbicide use to post-emergence herbicides only. One problem is you...

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Loma Linda University Shows Antioxidants in Pecans May Contribute to Heart Health & Disease Prevention

Loma Linda, California – A new research study from Loma Linda University (LLU) demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention; the results are published in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. Pecans contain different forms of the antioxidant vitamin E — known as tocopherols, plus...

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U.S. Pecans Team Probes Canadian Market

A team of U.S. pecan industry representatives headed north to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 23 to carry out a whirlwind two-day agenda that included meetings with six influential Canadian nut buyers. This “outbound trade mission” was the first official activity for the newly launched promotional effort dubbed U.S. Pecans, which is being funded in...

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2011 Pecan Calendar for Texas

As pecan growers enter the 2011 pecan year, it is good to outline management practices which may need to be used and develop plans.  The 2010 pecan prices were the highest ever paid and growers are excited about the short and long term future. The 2010 season was an “off” year, but prices changed the season....

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Green is Good isn’t It?

As a small grower in northern Oklahoma with no formal education in the art of growing pecans, I learn volumes every year through experience and observation. And every year there are things that are different, unexpected and not always understood. 2010 was no exception. For example, this year we harvested some of the largest and...

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Natural Enemies (Beneficials) Help with IPM Efforts

In last month’s article I highlighted some of the natural enemy predators associated with pest insects, and for this month’s article, I will touch on the arthropod parasites. As mentioned in last month’s column, the role of and importance of natural enemies (beneficials) in a pest management (IPM) system can’t be overlooked or underestimated. For...

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