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When the Storm Ends, Cleanup Begins

The dawn of the 2017 pecan harvest is upon us. As usual, it has its own set of unique challenges, which must be dealt with depending on where you are before one could even think about harvesting. First and foremost, many pecan bottoms were flooded due to Hurricane Harvey, and the cleanup of the debris...

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Raymond Darrell Eikenbary

Raymond Darrell Eikenbary passed away on Sept. 9, 2017. He was born to Grover and Edna Allen Eikenbary on Nov. 2, 1929 in Quay, Oklahoma. He is survived by his special friend, Liz Konigmacher; his former wife, Dolores Guinn, (Harold Guinn); his children, Pam Guenther (Cris Bone), Darrell Eikenbary, Terry Shay, and Dale Eikenbary; his...

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Stored Product Insect Pheromones and Traps Warn of Potential Post-Harvest Problems

As we enter the harvest season, it’s that time of year for me to remind everyone about stored product insects and suggest post-harvest insect monitoring tools. As producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers strive to produce and present a high-quality product, stored product insect detection and management becomes essential. Post-harvest pecans can experience infestations at any level...

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Finding Beauty in Pecan Ashes

Sometimes failure hits you when you least expect it. When it does, I believe it’s important to seek beauty in the ashes. That was the case for us in May as we sought to find beauty from pecan ashes. I wish that was a symbolic term, but unfortunately, it’s not. If there is one thing...

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Don Pallet

Don Bailey Pallett, 81, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2017 in Granbury, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Aug. 23, 1936 in Brady, Texas. Preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; Don is survived by his son Michael, daughter-in-law Holly, and granddaughter Hannah Pallett. Don was the retired General...

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October’s Theme: And So It Goes

These last few months of 2017 have felt almost like one of those apocalypse movies. You know the ones. Everything seems to be going well when suddenly Mother Nature seems to turn against humankind. She batters us with rain and winds. She shakes the earth, toppling buildings and livelihoods with a flick of her wrist....

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NPSA Hosts Fall Meeting & Plans for the Future

The National Pecan Shellers Association was Navigating the Winds of Change at their annual meeting in Portland, Maine at the beginning of September. The meeting covered a number of pecan industry issues. Topics included updates on legislative matters, promotion and research, health studies, other tree nuts, exports and the American Pecan Council. The NPSA business...

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