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. McLeod spoke with AgNet Media’s …

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 Pecan Growers Association, says every …

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 at the University of Georgia, …

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 pecan breeder Patrick Conner, entomologist …

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 are irrigating well. Pest pressure …

Irrigation Insight for Young Pecan Trees

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Research, Top Posts

Lenny Wells, associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a five-year research project on fertilization and irrigation of young pecan trees. Due to the increasing amount of new trees being planted in Georgia, there was concern over the lack of information regarding irrigation practices. Wells feared that young trees were being …

UGA Associate Professor Publishes Pecan Book

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

Lenny Wells, an associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a book about pecans. When Wells first began his career at UGA, he had the chance to sort through old documents, letters and journals about pecans and pecan production dating back to 1902. “It hit me that this was a very …

Pecan Fertilization Practices

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Research, Top Posts

After nearly five years of research, University of Georgia Associate Professor Lenny Wells has thoroughly explored the fertilization young pecan trees need in order to achieve optimal growth. According to Wells, the amount of pecan trees being planted every year in Georgia is steadily increasing. With all the young trees going in the ground, Wells was inclined to begin his …