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INSECT UPDATE: Pecan Nut Casebearer

It’s that time again to be mindful about pecan nut casebearer (PNC) activity especially after the infestations reported by some growers last year. We normally do not recommend spraying for nut casebearers particularly during high crop load years as they help in thinning out the crop, and only spraying for…
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Green Shucks, Sticktights, and Poor Kernel Development

This year’s harvest season is progressing and growers are seeing a problem with many early varieties exhibiting problems with green shuck stick-tights. As growers shake trees many green nuts are falling out still in unopened green shucks. This has been especially noticeable in Pawnee and Oconee, although we have observed…
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New Fungicide Labeled For Pecans

It’s too late to help us for this year, but there is a new fungicide labeled for pecans that provides a totally new chemistry for us to use in our arsenal of weapons to fight pecan scab and its performance on nut scab in UGA Plant Pathologist Dr. Tim Brenneman’s…
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Time for Full Capacity on Irrigation

Its time to crank up the irrigation in pecans orchards as shell hardening is completed and kernel filling begins. All irrigation systems should be at full capacity from now through mid September in orchards bearing a commercial crop. This means 3600-4000 gal/acre/day for drip and micro-sprinkler systems and 1.5″-2″ per…
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Time for Water Stage Fruit Split

Its that time again. Nothing to get alarmed about. This is from my blog plost on August 9, 2017: If you have noticed  a sudden fruit shed over the last few days, you are most likely seeing the results of water stage fruit split. This is a common problem that…
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Pecan growers eligible for Market Facilitation Program

As a result of the detrimental effect of the current trade war and tariff situation with China, pecan growers are eligible for participation in the 2019 Market Facilitation Program, a USDA program recently announced as part of trade mitigation efforts. As opposed to the 2018 trade mitigation program, pecan farmers…
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