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Pecan Fruit Thinning

From UGA Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells – Hedging pecan trees has quelled some of the interest in fruit thinning lately. But, there’s much more interest in hedging in Georgia than there are hedging machines to do the job at this point. As a result, most Georgia pecan growers should…
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Pecan Fungicide Update

Dr. Lenny Wells – An 80/20 or 90/10 surfactant can be helpful in providing better scab control when used with DMI fungicides (Enable, Tebuconazole, Orbit, Propimax, Bumper), strobilurins (Abound, Sovran, etc.), and combination products like Absolute, Quadris Top, and Quilt. But you will likely see no benefit to adding a surfactant unless…
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Fertilization Requirements of Young Pecan Trees

  This is some good, timely information from our Pecan specialist Lenny Wells. Most soils on which new pecan orchards are established here in Georgia are old row crop fields or cleared pine land. In the case of row crop fields, soil levels of P and K may be in…
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Renovating Abandoned Pecan Orchards – Lenny Wells

One question that I encounter quite often is “Can an old abandoned pecan orchard be brought back into production?”. The answer to this question is “absolutely”—and it may not take as long as you think. It will ; however, require a little work and money. The first thing I always…
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2015 Pecan Production

We are beginning to get some calls concerning the upcoming Pecan production year. While we are not hosting a Pecan meeting in Dooly County this year, there are several in neighboring counties that you will be welcome to attend. They are scheduled as follows: Feb. 3         Peach County Feb. 10      …
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Pecan Growers – Managing Ambrosia Beetles

UGA Extension Entomologist Will Hudson  offers the following advice for managing ambrosia beetles: Most Georgia pecan growers with newly planted trees suffered at least some damage from ambrosia beetles last year.  I don’t know if this year will be as bad, since we hadn’t seen that level of beetle activity…
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Late Season Pecan Issues and Shuck Split

    From Dr. Lenny Wells – I’ve had a number of calls this week about various worries and issues as harvest approaches. Most of it has centered around leaf scorching, poor foliage condition and whether or not to spray for aphids at this point. Overall, foliage condition for 2014…
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Pecan Irrigation

Lenny Wells –  Some early pecan varieties have reached shell hardening and others are rapidly approaching. This means that the water use requirements of pecan are about at peak demand and will remain so through kernel filling. Therefore growers should have their irrigation systems running at full capacity at least…
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