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  • I’ve had a few calls this week on Desirable leaf drop. While mowing orchards all week, I noticed some of this myself. Upon closer examination, where I was seeing it from the tractor it seemed to be only on trees which had stopped up microsprinklers. What appears to be going on here is that pecan…

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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 them after scouting for presence…

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  • I’ve had a few calls this week from growers concerned about thin foliage, mostly in the upper canopy of trees. Pecan trees leaf out from the bottom up. Thus the foliage in the lower canopy this time of year is usually much better developed, thicker, and can be a little darker in color. The warm…

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  • 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 it on other varieties as…

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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 trials has been excellent. Syngenta’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 week for solid set sprinklers.…

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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 happens annually on certain varieties…

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