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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.

May Beetle Damage to Pecan

It seems that every year we see something new on pecans. This year I have seen two or three orchards suffering from May beetles feeding on the foliage. Normally even if you see a May beetle here or there in the orchard, its no cause for alarm but I have…
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Desirable Leaf Drop

  I’ve had a lot of calls over the past couple of weeks regarding the dropping of green, healthy-looking leaves on ‘Desirable’. Looking back in my notes, this is something that seems to happen every year but we often have short and selective memories and choose not to remember seeing…
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Shoot Die-back

  When the temperatures heat up in late May and early June, the calls begin to come in from growers who are noticing the new shoots of their young trees, which had looked so healthy, are beginning to die-back. This is a problem that is not necessarily restricted to young…
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Leaf Scab Thriving in Georgia

The heavy disease pressure of 2013 left an abundance of pecan scab inoculum in the orchards just waiting for the conditions we have observed this spring. The frequent rainfall has allowed scab to explode on susceptible varieties, generating more leaf scab than has been seen in a long time throughout the…
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Pecan Irrigation Schedule

Now that we’ve had a week with no rain growers need to begin irrigating pecan trees as needed. Pecan trees need a significant amount of water (as much as 350 gal/tree/day) as they are filling the kernels in August and September. While they need good soil moisture throughout the growing…
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  We’re getting close to the time of year when pecan growers become concerned about spraying for pecan nut casebearer. Historically, this spray has always gone out in mid-May in the Albany area. We’ve seen many years in which high trap catches resulted in no nut damage and also years in…
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