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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 trees and may be triggered…

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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 state. Reports from the Albany…

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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 season, the demand for water…

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  • Casebearers

      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 which nut damage was visible…

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  • Herbicide Injury to Pecan

    Well, its almost May in South Georgia, which means row crop fields are being prepared for planting. As farmers burn down weeds in these fields, pecans often take a hit from herbicide drift. Many farmers are in a hurry to get fields planted and this often leads to herbicide spraying under less than desirable conditions.…

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  • Effects of Flooding on Pecan Trees

    All the rain we’ve seen over the last few weeks has left many orchards with trees in standing water.  How might this affect the trees? The pecan tree’s native environment is found along river-bottoms, which tend to have high water tables and a high potential for flooding. Yet, oddly, the pecan tree is sensitive to…

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  • Fungicide Programs for Scab

    We’re fortunate to have a wide variety of fungicide options for pecan scab management. But getting the best use out of them and doing so in a manner that prevents resistance development can be confusing for some folks. We commonly get requests for a single fungicide program that growers could use. With so many options available,…

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