Letter from the Editor: “Thank you, Bill Ree”

Dear readers, Last month, I brought you all behind the curtain and shared with you all the people who help make this magazine possible. This month I’d like to go a step further and thank one person in particular who has been an unwavering advocate for and contributor to this magazine.  Thank you, Bill Ree….

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Exploring the Origin of the Pecan Weevil Quarantine

A map shows the counties in Texas that are infected with weevil.

Dear Readers, After 31 years of service with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, which has included over 360 Pecan South articles, I will be retiring at the end of August 2019 which makes this my last article in Pecan South. Over the 31 years, I have tried to provide timely and useful information for producers and…

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Passing on a Pecan Farm from Generation to Generation

Two rows of mature trees in a West Texas orchard.

You have done all the right things. You invested in a seedling or a grafted tree that has turned into a producing tree, into an orchard. You have built an asset that will live on for generations. Now, how do you ensure that asset gets passed on to the next generation without being destroyed? Given…

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A Year in Review

An orchard in fall.

It may sound cliché, but time has a way of marching right on by when you’re busy having fun. This past year has been full of many firsts. The American Pecan Council (APC) was established in 2016, but like any endeavor built from the ground up, it has taken a couple years to establish a…

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Late-Season ‘Pawnee’ Challenges for 2019

A cluster of pecans covered in scab and a half of a shuck held up for comparison.

Our Texas crop for 2019 continues to be a mixed bag. My estimate of 65 million pounds appears to be way too high. Hopefully, Texas can produce more than the estimated 28 million pounds. We know one thing. ‘Pawnee’ looked great in the Texas A&M orchard in early August. Seven of 10 shoot terminals are…

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Pheromones Give Nematodes a Boost in Controlling Pests

An up-close view of a nematoda in a petri dish. The nematode looks like an orange, slimy worm and is surrounded by white fuzz.

BYRON, GEORGIA, July 25, 2019—Beneficial nematodes are used as biological control agents to fight a variety of insect pests that severely damage crops. However, in many cases the nematodes don’t measure up to other control methods such as certain chemical pesticides. A recent Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study, published in The Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, shows…

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Family Trees: Generations & Propagations

A satellite image of the USDA ARS Pecan Breeding and Genetics Program in Brownwood.

Time gets divided into generations in our families and the social context of our culture. Some generational generalizations (Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, Gen Z) are media hype, but some patterns are appropriate to recognize to maintain what functions well in our communities. The culture of trees carries the previous generations’ fingerprints in the even-aged…

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The Pecan Industry Celebrates the Life of Jim Hamilton

A man wearing a hat sits in his cart with his dog in front of some trees.

Our friend and longtime member of the NPSA James C. Hamilton passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, surrounded by his family. Jim was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Visalia, California to Clarence and Ruth Hamilton. From a very young age, he worked the land, first with his father, and then on into his own career….

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USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

(Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Economist has published a detailed accounting of how estimated damage from trade disruptions was calculated for its support package for farmers announced on July 25, 2019. USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist…

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Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Three scoops of butter pecan ice cream sit in a wooden bowl on a gingham tablecloth.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Submitted by Cynthia Diserens Note: An old fashioned bucket ice cream maker was used for this recipe Makes 1 gallon| Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes Ingredients 6-8 Large Eggs (depending on the size of container-6 eggs for 1 gallon) 1 Cup Sugar 1 Can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk 1 Package…

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How to Enroll in the Market Facilitation Program

Two rows of green and vibrant pecan trees at an orchard in Georgia.

Pecans are an eligible specialty crop under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency. MFP assists farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of trade retaliation from foreign nations. Pecan producers have until Dec. 6 to enroll in MFP. Pecan producers who have not participated in FSA programs should follow…

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The 101 Series: How the APC Measures Success

The passage of the Federal Marketing Order (FMO) was a tremendous step forward for the American pecan industry and one that has created unprecedented marketing opportunities for all members of our industry. The American Pecan Council is committed to making the most effective use of industry funds as we continue to build momentum for American…

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The Importance of Native Pecans for the Industry’s Future

A native pecan tree grows tall in an Oklahoma grove.

Over the past several years, native pecan production has come under question with many people wondering if natives are a thing of the past. I have heard people say and have read articles that suggest native pecans will not be a viable enterprise in the future. These statements greatly concern me, as I know the…

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Around the Industry: TriState and TPGA Conferences

A wideshot of two rows of mature pecan trees in New Roads, Louisiana.

Another Year, Another TriState Pecanference A week after the Oklahoma conference, growers and pecan industry members from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi gathered for the TriState Pecan Conference in New Roads, Louisiana. After attending an orchard tour at Bill Wagley’s orchard, participants networked with each other and vendors and heard from a number of educational speakers….

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Letter from the Editor: “Going Behind the Curtain”

Dear Readers, A lot of work goes into these pages that you’re currently holding. Some of you may be thinking about the work I do for Pecan South—editing the articles, designing each issue, and partnering with our printer. But I’m not the only one who puts their heart and soul into every issue. There’s Blair…

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A Preliminary Study of Pecan Consumption Patterns in China

In the last three years, the U.S. pecan industry has been severely impacted by severe weather, floods and—to a lesser degree—the ongoing trade dispute with China. As a result, some readers may wonder why we should be interested in pecan consumption patterns in China, while they are struggling to rebuild their orchards and the industry…

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Challenges and Tricks to Growing Pecans in California

Out here in California, we’re relative newcomers to the pecan industry. There are some smaller plantings that were planted in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, but most of the commercial plantings didn’t start going in until the mid-1970s. And the state’s largest orchard wasn’t planted until 1980. With that being the case, we’ve had the…

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Georgia Pecan Industry Loses One of its Champions

Before I was hired as the Pecan Extension Specialist for the University of Georgia, I worked for about three years or so as the Extension Agent in Dougherty County, Georgia. It can be difficult for new agents to break the ice with farmers, especially pecan farmers, and especially in a county where, for many years,…

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Iron—Essential to Humans and to Pecans

A row of trees have clusters of yellowed leaves.

All of us at some point in our attendance at various pecan industry events across the Pecan Belt have heard discussions of essential elements that are required by plants and especially those required to successfully grow pecan trees with relatively optimal yields, even though there may be some differences depending on the region where they’re…

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Observing Hickory Shuckworm’s Impact on 2018 Kernel Quality

A 'Lakota' pecan with the shuck opened around it to show the damage.

During the second half of the season, producers are faced with several potential pest issues. Black aphids, scorch mites, stink bugs, pecan weevil, and hickory shuckworm are all potential issues, and of these insects, not much research has been done with hickory shuckworm for many years. Some of the reasons for this lack of research…

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