Black Aphids Invade Georgia Pecans

Breanna Kendrick Pecan, Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Black aphids are small black insects that feed on the leaves of pecan trees. The area where black aphids are feeding will turn yellow and become necrotic, killing the tissues surrounding the feeding area. Black aphids are most common later in the pecan season. Black aphids do have some populations early in the…

Tropical Storm Strikes Coastal Pecan Crop

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

Source: Alabama Farmers Federation A once-promising pecan crop bore the brunt of wind gusts and torrential rain from Tropical Storm Gordon, which downed trees, limbs and ripe pecans when hitting the Gulf Coast Sept. 4. In Baldwin County, the storm dropped nearly 9 inches of rain. Across the bay in Mobile County, rain totals were…

Potential Second Crop for Georgia Pecan Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Pecan, Top Posts

Researchers have found that pecan truffles could be a possible second profitable crop for Georgia pecan growers. Tim Brenneman, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Georgia, says that the pecan truffle is a native fungus that currently grows on some pecan trees in Georgia. He says when the conditions are just right,…

Possible Problems for Pecan Industry

Jaci Schreckengost Pecan, Top Posts

As pecan growers finish harvesting this season, industry crop loss is expected to be near 30 percent. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, said there was a very positive outlook for the crop prior to Hurricane Irma. However, the hurricane left growers with a lot of damage and potential crop loss.…

Georgia Pecans Suffer Loss from Hurricane Irma

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia…

Hedged Pecan Trees Bring Unexpected Benefits

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

Some larger-scale pecan growers in Georgia have been practicing hedging. Hedging is a practice in which the grower makes severe cuts to the tree to make it a little bit smaller than what it would normally be, which allows more sunlight to enter the orchard. Lenny Wells, an associate professor of horticulture and pecan specialist…

Field Day for Georgia Pecan Growers

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual Georgia Pecan Fall Field Day on September 7 in Tifton. This year’s event will feature an orchard tour at the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Ponder Farm, along with a presentation of the latest pecan research. UGA horticulturalists and entomologists that will be in attendance include…

August Brings Pecan Pressures

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

August is a busy month for pecan trees. Lenny Wells, associate professor of horticulture and pecan specialist at the University of Georgia, says pecan trees go through many changes and face a lot of stress in August. During this time of year, water demand is at its peak, so growers need to make sure they…