Wilcox County Ag

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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Pecan Budbreak: Time for Nitrogen

We’ve officially hit budbreak this week in our pecans. This is the same 4-year-old Ellis pecans where we had the pruning clinic. This is the time we start our first fertilizer applications. Managing nitrogen in pecans is meeting to demand periods 1)early foliage growth and 2) kernel filling. N in…
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Pecan Herbicide Strip Applications

The only pecan trees in Wilcox County to have budbreak is the little seedlings or saplings growing in the ditch. We are very close though. In any case, it’s time to burn down those herbicide strips in our orchards in preparation for the growing season. There are many combinations of…
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Pruning 3-year-old Pecans

We’ve been doing a lot of pecan pruning around the county these past few months. We want to get this done in January and February. I wanted to show these pictures as an example of how far back we want to cut these 3-year-old trees. It looks like a lot,…
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Ambrosia Beetle Traps for Young Pecans

I was out with Mr. Larry Gibbs yesterday, and he and I made some ambrosia beetle traps to monitor ambrosia beetles for his young pecans. With the loss of young pecans two and three year ago from AAB, UGA Entomologist Dr. Will Hudson advises growers to place traps to monitor their…
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Pecan Pruning Clinic – Photos

Thanks so much to Doug Harvey letting us come to the farm and watch this pruning demonstration by Dr. Wells. Thanks to all who attended the meeting. I thought I’d share these photos with some of the methods we learned yesterday:
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