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TPGA Announces Conference Line-up

The Texas Pecan Growers Association has released the educational programming line-up for its 96th Annual Conference and Trade Show, July 9-12, at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Frisco, Texas. In addition to pecan production and research presentations by leading pecan scientists from throughout the U.S., TPGA has the privilege of hosting the rollout...

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Praline Old Fashioned

Prep 5 minutes | Cook 10 minutes | Serves 4   Ingredients 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted 1 cup water 1 cup light brown sugar 4 strips orange rind 6-8 shakes orange bitters 1/2 cup bourbon 1/2 cup ground pecans 4 pecan halves Preparation In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring pecans, water, sugar and orange...

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A green tractor pulls equipment through a pecan orchard during harvest season.

From Around the Pecan Industry

NO PRETTIER SIGHT! Georgia photographer Gary Cutrell of Fort Valley captured this beautiful pecan harvest scene in Peach County, Georgia, and was generous enough to share it with Pecan South readers.   JIMENUEZ 2017 — The Jimenez, Mexico, Pecan Growers Association hosted its annual conference, known as Jimenuez, in April. The association’s board organizes the...

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Mexico Produces Third Consecutive Record High Crop

Back in September, during their annual meeting, the Mexican pecan growers projected a 2016 crop of approximately 270 million pounds. After 2 consecutive years of record crops, many within the industry greeted the estimate with skepticism even though it is common knowledge that plantings in Mexico continue at a robust pace. On May 5, 2017,...

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Cattle graze underneath native pecan trees at an orchard.

Add Value in the Pecan Orchard with Ground Cover

When I am visiting with pecan growers, one topic that seems to come up is proper management of forage for either livestock grazing or for hay production. Working mostly in Oklahoma and North Texas, the majority of the landowners I work with are not just solely pecan producers. These individuals are agriculture producers with diverse...

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APC Must Do a Little With a Lot

While I am sure most of you are aware of it, the American Pecan Council, established by the Federal Marketing Order, has largely been put in place with a full board of directors and alternates and now the hiring of an executive director and an assistant. All of this did not happen overnight. But with...

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American Pecan Council Hires Executive Director

The American Pecan Council announced May 11 that Byron Gossett is its newly hired administrative consultant and acting executive director. The Council convened via conference call on May 8 and voted unanimously to offer the position to Gossett. APC’s Governance Committee voted to recommend Gossett for the position after numerous meetings, personal interviews, and reference...

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Prep 15 minutes | Cook 30 minutes | Serves 4 (2 wraps per person)   Ingredients 1 lemongrass stalk, finely minced or 2 tablespoons grated lemon or lime zest 4 cloves garlic 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro 1 large shallot, chopped 1 red Fresno or Serrano chili pepper, seeded 3 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon fish...

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Why Mulching Matters

In 1994, I was interviewing for a job with Auburn University and was being toured through the E.V. Smith Research Center near Shorter, Alabama, by Bill Goff, Professor in the Department of Horticulture. Dr. Goff was giving me an overview of active research projects on pecans at this central Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station-owned research center....

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Renowned Chefs Gain Pecan Insights at Pecan Chefs Summit

ATLANTA, Georgia — Commercial chefs’ appreciation for the versatility of pecans continues to grow thanks to the National Pecan Shellers Association’s (NPSA) annual Pecan Chefs Summit. The most recent Summit, a series committed to immersing research and development chefs into the world of pecans, convened in April in Birmingham, Alabama. Chefs experienced the flavors, food...

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Pecan Grafting Woes

Pecan grafting has never been easy. Olives have been grafted for over 2,000 years, but the first successful pecan graft was not until 1845 by Antoine at Oak Alley Plantation just north of New Orleans. Nurserymen were able to whip graft below ground in the early 1900s and the rough bark patch bud was used...

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