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Industry Meets to Pinpoint Research and Extension Priorities

A common misconception among clientele is that funding for research and Extension activities is available from the university. Thirty years ago a large portion of the funding was based on “formula funds”, those funds allocated by the federal government for states to administer as needed to support agricultural and human environmental science programs. This gradually...

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The Other Pecan Product

The 2010 pecan crop set new records for prices paid to the producers of native pecans. With high prices comes renewed interest in developing new or long-time abandoned native pecan groves. Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time working with landowners ready to get rich in the pecan game (oh, if...

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Pecan Weed Control Options

Pecan producers are fairly limited in their choice of herbicide options. We have basically three burndown herbicides available for use on pecan. These include glyphosate, paraquat and glufosinate (Rely). Glyphosate is the old standby that has been used for years. When it first came out, glyphosate seemed like a miracle herbicide. Its systemic activity killed...

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SEPGA Convention Draws Enthusiastic Turnout

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association enjoyed an enthusiastic turnout for its annual convention, Feb. 24-26, at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. A lot of activity was packed into the 2-day event — educational programming, trade show, golf tournament, and awards banquet. The program included several updates regarding important promotional and marketing projects underway...

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Dig Deep and Make it Work!

On Feb. 26, I attended a meeting of the National Pecan Growers Council held at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, in conjunction with the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association meeting. We were exposed to the work that the National Pecan Growers Council has been doing in obtaining and using funds from two federal programs...

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Are record high prices sustainable?

Pecan prices reached record highs this past season and the industry is concerned with the sustainability of these high prices. While it may be difficult to sustain these high prices this coming on-year, it appears doubtful that prices will weaken significantly. Increased demand from China has been an important factor influencing the recent surge in...

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Pecan Planting Success

Pecan Professor Fred R. Brison said, “Planting a pecan tree is a rendezvous with death.” Early in my career during the pecan planting hay day of the early 1970s we saw many orchards go in overnight which failed to grow and, after a couple of years, the trees died. We cannot stick the tree in...

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