Pay Attention: Pecan Nut Casebearer a Concern for Southeast Producers

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson The time is now for Southeast pecan producers to pay attention to pecan nut casebearer, a pest that can devastate pecan trees if left unchecked. Apurba Barman, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension pecan entomologist, noted in the UGA Pecan Blog that the tiny nutlets on the trees’ terminal branches are exposed to feeding by the casebearer caterpillars. …

2,4-D Herbicide Drift Damage Showing up in Pecan Orchards

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Herbicide damage is showing up in Southeast pecan orchards. This is the result of row-crop burndown, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension pecan specialist. It also has some growers concerned about the potential impact of 2,4-D mix drift on this year’s crop. “This is never a pleasant situation. It tends to be infuriating, nerve-wracking, …

Pecan Producer: Our Crop Fits Well with India

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson India’s flirtation with U.S. pecans is a potential win for Georgia producers. One grower is optimistic that it could become a future home for much of the state’s exported pecans. “One, a nut fits into their diet very well. A lot of that population is vegetarian. They eat a high protein nut-based diet already,” said Justin Jones. …

Low Pecan Prices Don’t Figure to Increase Anytime Soon

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson The five-year average price for pecans, from 2019 to 2023 was $1.69 a pound, which was the market price growers received last year. It does not appear to be going up any time soon, explains Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist. “Average price last year across all varieties season long was $1.69. That’s a lot …

Under the Microscope: Scab Resistance Remains Top Priority for UGA Pecan Breeder

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson One trait remains the focus of the University of Georgia (UGA) pecan breeding program. As UGA pecan breeder Patrick Conner continues to study cultivars of the future, they must possess scab resistance on some level. “It has to have at least good resistance, if not excellent resistance, before we’ll go forward,” Conner said. “Good resistance to me …

Costly Input: UGA Extension Pecan Specialist Discusses Scab Spray Expenses

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Fungicide applications are one of the most important and costly expenses that pecan producers must make. If they can’t or won’t protect their crop from scab disease, yields will be drastically reduced. It is a message that Lenny Wells, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension pecan specialist, emphasized during the UGA Pecan School on March 20 in Perry, …

Unified Pecan Industry is Better for All Involved

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson A unified pecan industry benefits all states involved. That includes Georgia and Alabama in the Southeast, along with New Mexico and Arizona out west. Georgia producer Justin Jones has experienced the unification first-hand and describes the importance of continuing amid the current challenges impacting the industry. “I go back to using this analogy, a rising tide will …

UGA School: Reminder About How Costly Pecan Production Can Be

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson The University of Georgia (UGA) Pecan School on Wednesday educated potential producers and served as a reminder to veteran growers about the costly expenses associated with pecan production. Costs for required equipment have risen from $533,000 in 2019 to $873,000 in 2023. Input prices have also increased, while pecan prices floundered to an average of $1.69 per …

Pecan Producers Should Revise Water Usage Early in Season

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Pecan producers should start revising their water usage, especially early in their tree’s history. An overabundance of water could stress the root system, which could make the trees vulnerable during high wind events, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist. “From the studies we’ve done looking at water use in pecans, we see certainly …