Lenny Wells

  • I recently received the first issue of the American Pecan Board Newsletter. The American Pecan Board (APB) was formed in May 2013 and represents all segments of the pecan industry. The board has been working towards a Federal Marketing Order (FMO) to benefit the domestic and global pecan market. This is one of the most important…

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  • What Happened to the 2014 Pecan Crop?

    Early estimates placed the 2014 Georgia Pecan crop at 80-90 million lbs. But,  as pecan producers have been gathering their crop, it has been obvious that the lbs making it into the wagons are not what they appeared to be on the tree. Current estimates have fallen to 70 million lbs or less. The rain we’re experiencing this week provides an opportunity to…

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  • Why is Nut Size So Small This Year?

    Pecan harvest is well underway and the most consistent observation regarding the 2014 pecan crop is small nut size. The effect of various factors on pecan nut size has been well studied; however, the exact reason for this year’s consistently small nut size is difficult to pin down. Most likely, there are several factors at work.…

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  • Pecan Prices

    As growers begin to harvest pecans, it is useful for them to know what current market prices are so that they can get the best possible price for their crop. The USDA Fed-State Market News Service provides price information for Georgia pecans at the following link: https://search.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/tv_fv140.txt Prices are updated each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the pecan harvest…

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  • Late Season Worries and Shuck Split

    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 has been the worst I have ever seen. Early leaf scab, anthracnose,…

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  • Cost of Pecan Production

    I just returned from the National Pecan Shellers’ Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington where New Mexico State Pecan Specialist, Richard Heerema and I gave a presentation on the cost of pecan production. Under the growing conditions we faced in 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, the cost of production rises rapidly as a result of the…

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  • Nut Development

    Nut development has accelerated rapidly over the last 2 weeks. Shuck split began on ‘Pawnee’ over the weekend in south Georgia, which means harvest of that variety will probably begin in 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. This means that nut maturity is still about 10 days or so behind normal. The calendar date of nut…

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