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  • This is a topic that I’ve harped on quite a bit through the years but its hard to convince growers they can hold off certain nutrients when pecan prices are high. Now that prices are lower than we would like and cost of production is higher than we would like, many growers are looking for…

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  • Don’t Forget to Return Pecan Surveys

    The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service wants to remind growers to mail back their completed pecan survey or complete the survey online by Thursday, February 15th. After this date interviewers will start to follow up by phone with growers to get their pecan surveys completed. If growers would like an in…

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  • Time for Leaf Sampling

    It is once again time to pull your pecan leaf samples. Given the slim profit margin for growing pecans at this time, leaf samples (and soil samples) are some of the most important tools available to growers to ensure the health of their trees and determine exactly what fertilizer inputs they actually need each season.…

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  • Water Split and Crop Progress

    As predicted we are seeing a banner year for water stage fruit split. We are currently seeing nut drop from water split even on varieties on which we don’t normally see it (such as Desirable). It has been abnormally wet this growing season and especially through the late water stage and early shell hardening phase…

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  • Managing Stink Bugs and Weevil

    Now that Pawnees have shell hardened and we approach shell hardening on most other varieties in the next week, it is time to start thinking seriously about managing stink bugs and weevils. Prior to shell hardening these pests simply knock nuts off the trees as they feed or lay eggs. Going forward after shell hardening,…

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  • Leaf Scorch and Fruit Thinning

    We’re into late summer and seeing some leaf scorching out there. The two most common types I have had calls on this week have been from the scorching of young trees from heat stress. On older trees we are seeing a fair amount of terminal die back (Neofusicoccum). I went back and looked at the…

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  • Crop/Price Outlook & Scab

    I just returned from the Texas Pecan Growers Conference. The pecan estimate from the meeting is found below: Alabama : 2 million Arizona: 38 million Arkansas: 3 million California: 5 million Florida: 2 million Georgia: 82 million Kansas: 2 million Louisiana: 8 million Miss: 1 million Missouri: 1 million New Mex: 96 million Oklahoma: 13…

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