Wilcox County Ag

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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Mouse Ear in Pecans

These are first year pecans planted here in the county that are showing severe symptoms of nickel (Ni) deficiency, called ‘Mouse Ear.’ Mouse ear mostly occurs on very young trees. I first looked at this at a nursery in Thomas County. Once the leaves come out, the symptoms are easier to diagnose….
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Pecan Fungicide Schedule

UGA Extension Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells has updated the fungicide schedule. Not much has changed from previous years with the exception of the use of phosphite alone in one of the early sprays. He lists it here for spray number 2 but it should work for spray 3 or possibly…
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Pecan Budbreak: Insects

We are about 2 weeks into pecan budbreak and I had a question about some potential insect issues. In this post, i’m putting together some information on insects we may see now and what to do. Pecan Budmoth This is an insect we may see, but we almost NEVER worry…
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