UGA Pecan Extension

Lenny Wells

About Lenny Wells

I am an Associate Professor 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.

Thoughts On the Arrival of Shell Hardening

We have about reached shell hardening on most of our pecans in Georgia at this point. There are a number of things that come along with shell hardening in the process of growing pecans: Expect to see water stage fruit split soon In the coming weeks you will likely see…
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Leaf Scorch on Young Trees

I’ve had a lot of calls over the last few weeks regarding leaf scorching on young trees. This is a topic I have written and talked about quite a bit over the last few years. See the following links for details from previous posts: While there are a number of…
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Pro Gibb Applications for Black Aphid

Black aphid nymphs and feeding damage For those battling black aphids and considering using Pro Gibb to prevent the damage caused by this insect, applications should begin in mid July and continue for a total of 3-4 sprays. Pro Gibb prevents the development of chlorotic areas caused by black aphid…
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Managing Scab Pressure/Leaf Roll Mites

With 10 successive days of rain behind us and no relief in site and a potential tropical storm bearing down on us, pecan growers are under the gun for scab pressure right now. Most days have provided some breaks in the rain showers that have allowed growers to get out…
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Phylloxera and Casebearer Update

Phylloxera damage has become very noticeable this week. If you see galls on the leaves like the image below, that is phylloxera damage. Stem phylloxera (a separate species) shows up as galls in the stems or nuts and is much more damaging.  Once you see damage from either stem or…
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