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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.

Nut Curculio

You may notice some nut drop in your orchards at this time. This can occur for a number of reasons, inlcuding rainfall after a long hot,dry period and natural drop on certian varieties. One thing we are seeing at the moment is drop from nut curculio. The damage from nut…
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Pecans and Heat

The extreme temperatures we are seeing has growers concerned about effects on the trees and crop. These temperatures often entice growers to increase their irrigation rates over that which they would normally apply at this time of year. But, pecans do not respond to heat in the same way that…
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Freezing Temperatures Damage Pecan Trees

An early budbreak just prior to last weekend’s freezing temperatures has caused damage to the developing buds of early pecan varieties. Below are some photos of budbreak on Cape Fear pecans taken in Crisp County on Friday afternoon. Elliott buds in the same orchard were also open. Budbreak occurs from…
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