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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.

Effects of Flooding on Pecan Trees

All the rain we’ve seen over the last few weeks has left many orchards with trees in standing water.  How might this affect the trees? The pecan tree’s native environment is found along river-bottoms, which tend to have high water tables and a high potential for flooding. Yet, oddly, the…
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Fungicide Programs for Scab

We’re fortunate to have a wide variety of fungicide options for pecan scab management. But getting the best use out of them and doing so in a manner that prevents resistance development can be confusing for some folks. We commonly get requests for a single fungicide program that growers could use….
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Hedging Pecan Trees

There continues to be much interest in hedging pecan trees. Hedging is basically, pruning of the tree with a large “hedging” machine. This is normally done in the winter and removes all the growth on one or both sides of a tree within a certain distance from the trunk and…
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Early season insect problems on young trees

The calls have already started coming in on young pecan trees damaged by budmoth and Asian Ambrosia Beetles. Budmoth Damage   This photo shows budmoth damage caught too late. I dont have a good photo of early budmoth damage. But, you will see frass and very fine silk like spider webbing…
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Herbicide choices for young pecan trees

Our recent tree planting survey results from county production meetings across the state indicate over 120,000 pecan trees planted and over 3500 new pecan acres added to the state in 2014. These trees need adequate water and protection from weed competition. As long as the leaves and bark are protected we have…
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