USDA NASS: Update on Pecan Acreage, Price

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s bearing pecan acres continues to increase, though its yield per acre dropped in 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Georgia’s acreage has increased from 139,000 acres in 2021, to 146,000 acres in 2022 and 148,000 acres in 2023. However, its yields per acre dropped from 898 pounds in …

What’s Next? How Pecan Producers Should Proceed if Crop Has Drift Damage

Clint ThompsonGeorgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Herbicide drift’s impact on orchards in the Southeast has left many pecan producers wondering how to proceed. What should they do? Who should they contact? What evidence needs to be collected? Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension pecan specialist, emphasizes the importance of documenting damage. “To cover all of their bases, in case there is an issue, …

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 …