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Old Grove, New Potential

Last year over 45 million pounds of native pecans were harvested in the United States worth over $60 million dollars. The good prices from the past year have generated a lot of interest in pecan production. I receive several calls each week from folks wanting to get into the pecan business and benefit from these...

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Hello, Georgia

After 42 years, I finally attended a Georgia Pecan Growers Meeting last month. I knew it was different right off the bat because it was raining cats and dogs. Texas pecans are in a major drought. It has rained only once at College Station in the last 10 months. Our Horticulture Department constructed an irrigation...

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Scab Control for Small Orchards and Landscapes

Pecan scab is a crop-limiting disease problem in the Southeast. For commercial pecan orchards, the prevention of scab on susceptible varieties is straightforward. Trees must be sprayed every 14-21 days from bud break to shell hardening with one of several EPA-registered fungicides to prevent leaves or nuts from damaging infection (Fig 1). An airblast sprayer...

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BASF Offers Savings on Headline Fungicide

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, April 21, 2011 – Growers who use Headline® fungicide may qualify to save $50 per gallon on purchases through BASF authorized retailers made by Aug. 15. “Headline fungicide is a smart, strategic investment for growers, and the Headline Advantage offer means it pays even more to plan ahead,” said Jason Ward,...

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Georgia Growers “Cautiously Optimistic” for 2011

Pecan growers across Georgia gathered for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association annual meeting on March 30 in Perry, Georgia. University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle summed up the mood of the conference saying, “growers are in a good mood when other years they were not always in a good...

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Now It’s Time to Farm!

We have spent the winter going to meetings, talking about what might have been or might be in the future and in general being optimistic about what lies ahead for the industry. All is well and good as it should be, but now begins the time when we have to produce the crop we are...

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EPA – PESP sponsored project to start in 2011

Although I wrote about this project at the end of last year, I thought it is worth rerunning to serve as a reminder that this project will need input from producers. During 2010 the Texas pecan IPM program teamed with Dr. Juan Lopez, USDA-ARS Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, to submit a proposal to the...

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OPGA Announces Agenda for Upcoming Annual Convention

The Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association will host its 81st annual convention, June 26-28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Registration and trade show set up takes place on June 26 with the educational program set for June 27.  The conference shifts to the Frances Aldredge orchard for an orchard tour and program on June...

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