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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.

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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Establishment of the American Pecan Promotion Board

In order to address the market situation created by the importation of foreign pecans into the U.S. market, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) received a proposal from the National Pecan Federation (NPF) requesting the establishment of a research and promotion program to strengthen the position of pecans in the…
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Notes on Nut Scab Management

Our extension plant pathologist Jason Brock offers the following recommendations based on Dr. Tim Brenneman’s research regarding nut scab: June through July is a critical time for pecan scab management, as nuts are most susceptible during sizing. Nut scab development early in the summer will be much more devastating than…
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Young Tree Die-Back

Getting a lot of calls over the last week about leaf scorching and some die-back on young trees. This is something we see every year beginning in late May/early June and is related to the inability of the relatively small root system on young trees trying to support such vigorous…
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