Lenny Wells

  • Water Split is On Way

    This is just a reminder that given the recent rain and the stage the pecans are in, if you have not seen it already, you we will likely be seeing water stage fruit split on many varieties over the next couple weeks. Water stage fruit-split of pecan is often a major problem exhibited by thin-shelled…

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  • Late Season Considerations

    As we enter August shell hardening is upon us for Pawnee and other varieties are only a few days to weeks behind. This means that for Pawnee we are shifting from nut sizing to kernel filling. As a result there are two things to keep in mind: 1) You should be about done with fungicide…

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  • Crunch Time for Scab

    For many growers, this post is stating the obvious, but its just a reminder to not to be caught off guard following our dry weather through June. We are currently in a highly critical period for scab protection. The nuts are sizing very rapidly at the moment and within just a few days of spraying…

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  • 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 curculio is very conspicuous. Nuts…

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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 we do. Pecan trees are…

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  • Foliar Sulfur sprays applied in June and July have been shown to provide several benefits for pecan production, including suppression of mite populations and an increase in nut size. Sulfur may also aid in the suppression of some minor foliar diseases, and there is some evidence that it may aid in scab suppression on cultivars…

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  • Temperatures across Georgia have increased dramatically this week following a cool spring. The thermometer has climbed above 90 every day this week and the forecast is for 96 degrees today. Each year when this happens, we begin to get leaves scorching on young trees and see some die-back here and there. Those calls have already…

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