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Pecan Update: Pre-Pollination

Catkin (male flower) production has been pretty heavy so far. A large catkin crop does not guarantee a large production of flowers, but most times we have heavy catkin production, we do have some flowers. I had the chance to look at many different cultivars this week. The first thing…
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Pecan Budbreak, Good Chilling

We are seeing budbreak now in our pecan crop. The first budbreak I saw in Wilcox County was on March 2nd. Budbreak is often overlooked in cultivar selection but can be very important. It’s because cultivars that break bud early tend to be more susceptible to a late spring freeze….
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Pecan Beginners Course – April 16

The Pecan Beginners Course will be held on April 16, 2019 from 8:30am-4:30pm at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. See agenda below. Pre-Registration = $10. Day-of Registration at door = $15 Register here Beginner’s Pecan Production Course Agenda 9:00     Welcome                                                                                       9:10       Cost of Pecan Production – Lenny Wells,…
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Pecan Pruning – One Year Later

Last year we focused on pruning our newly planted pecan trees. Don’t underestimate the importance of pruning young pecan trees in order to train their growth. I have some pictures of trees that we pruned last year and how they look this year. If we do it right, the trees appear butchered….
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Righting vs. Removal Following Storm Damage

One of the most difficult assessments following damage from wind is whether or not to keep leaning trees. There are a few different rules that Dr. Wells mentions in the Southeastern Pecan Handbook. In Wilcox, we have downed trees representing many ages of pecans. This is a 7-year-old orchard of…
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Pecan Crop Maturity

Our pecan crop is finishing up in Wilcox County. I’m seeing shucks split all across the county. We are seeing some scab on the shucks now, the rain was tough on us this year. According to UGA Extension Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells, scab in some areas of GA was…
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Mites Present in Pecan Orchards

Two weeks ago we finally started seeing some scortch mites in our pecans. Normally they start up in August, and we are treating them in orchards along with black aphids. Almost all of August went by and I realized I didn’t know of anyone who treated for mites. I talked with UGA Extension…
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Dripping of Pecan Trees

I got a call yesterday about honeydew dripping on the windshield. This is a sign of yellow aphids in pecan. Yellow pecan aphids are smaller of two species of yellow-tinted plant lice that feed on the underside of foliage of pecan trees. The other species is called black-margined aphid that…
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