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Lenny Wells

About Lenny Wells

I am a Professor of Horticulture and Extension Horticulture Specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia. My research and extension programs focus on practical cultural management strategies that help to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of pecan production in Georgia.

What’s going on with the pecan market?

Harvest season has arrived for pecans in Georgia. We have an excellent crop of pecans this year from the perspective of both volume and quality. However, the pecan market is quite disturbing to most growers at the moment. Prices so far in the early part of the harvest season are…
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Pecan Growers Eligible for CFAP 2 payments

USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Pecans are included in this round. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, or CFAP 2, will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb…
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Harvest About to Begin

Pawnee nuts have been opening for a couple of weeks now, which means harvest is fast approaching. I have heard of one grower shaking already but I expect we will see the Pawnee harvest begin in earnest next week. If you are planning to shake Pawnee next week, it is…
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Water Stage Fruit Split

If you haven’t seen it already this year, you will likely be seeing water stage fruit split occurring over the next couple of weeks. This is a common problem that happens annually on certain varieties and is just part of growing those cultivars. I have copied the blog post from…
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Heat Damages Feeder Roots/Scorches Leaves

The problem of the week last week was scorched leaves. I had calls from all over the state on this on multiple varieties but most commonly on young (5 yr and younger) Pawnees. Many things can cause leaf scorch, including a hot chemical mix, anthracnose, mites, fertilizer burn, etc. But…
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Comments on Nut Development & the 2020 Market

The Georgia pecan crop continues to appear early in its development. The hot nights we are currently experiencing will keep that at a good pace. Nuts are sizing very well at the moment. With the good crop load I see in most orchards, there may be some growers thinking about…
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