Pecan Production and Market Trends in China

The U.S. pecan industry has experienced dramatic changes over the last five years. Some of these changes, like the development of the American Pecan Council, have been good, while others like the recent hurricanes that decimated many pecan orchards throughout the South have come at a terrible price. Unfortunately, change is a fact of life…

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Training Young Pecan Trees is Difficult

Illustration from 1973 showing the different between a seedling tree and a grafter nursery tree

To my knowledge and experience, every pecan grower has trouble training their young trees into a central leader tree. In 2017, at the Western Pecan Growers Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico all five members of the pecan hedging panel said exactly the same thing about their young tree training: “We just let ‘em go.”…

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Elevating the Pecan Nutrition Message in 2019 and Beyond

the cover for The Original Supernut Retail Dietitian Toolkit

The 2018 launch of American Pecans, The Original Supernut brand to consumers was rooted in three core traits of pecans—taste, heritage, and nutrition. There’s a reason for this. Our research has shown that today’s consumers, particularly our target audience of Gen X and Y moms, care about providing their families wholesome, tasty meals using locally-sourced…

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North Carolina Growers Gather to Celebrate 25 years as an Association

group photo of NCPGA awards

Celebrating 25 years, the North Carolina Pecan Grower’s Association gathered in Clinton, North Carolina on the dreary morning of Feb. 16 for its annual meeting, where attendees networked, heard from pecan specialists and spoke with exhibitors. Kicking off the meeting, Mike Parker, Ph.D., from the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University, discussed managing…

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Family Trees: Looking back, Going forward

Logbook entry from 1891 from USDA

Every grafted pecan tree is full of stories that can be confusing to someone not involved in the pecan industry. I want to tell the origin stories of three cultivars: ‘Western’ (the most important scion cultivar for the western region), ‘Riverside’ (an important rootstock cultivar for the West), and ‘Longfellow’ (which has recently been confirmed…

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To Mulch or Not to Mulch: What is best for my pecan tree?

SPRING! It is quickly approaching, but what is it. It is one of the four conventional seasons, coming after Winter, but preceding Summer. Astronomically speaking, it starts on the Vernal Equinox and ends at the Summer Solstice. If you ask folks what they associate with this season, they’ll say Spring is a time of renewal,…

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Pecan Aphids, Part I: Distribution on Pecan Leaves

Adult blackmargined aphid

This article is the first of a three-part series examining the pecan-feeding aphids, especially the black pecan aphid. This first part concerns the general biology of the pecan aphids and their distribution on pecan leaves. In the second part, the emphasis will shift to the black pecan aphid with a discussion of feeding biology, and…

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Verifying Pecan Weevil Damaged Pecans Through Microscopic Examination

Pecan weevil is one of the most important nut-infesting insects of pecan and as such this insect is not only a producer issue but also a state and industry problem. Making positive identifications of an infestation can be important for making management decisions, purchasing property for future orchards, determining new infestations/new county records, and following…

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Pest Management and Production Information Sources

Producers have gotten their crop in, and we are entering the start of another growing season. During this off-season, I usually get requests for information on various pest problems; so for this month, I would like to point out some information sources, through which growers may browse for articles or information during their downtime or…

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FMO – 101

Since coming on board as the Executive Director of the American Pecan Council, I have received numerous questions as to the abilities of the Federal Marketing Order (FMO). Simply put, what can the FMO do? What is the function? Are we really a government body or an industry body? Can FMOs really do research, domestic…

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Letter from the Editor: “Choosing a Winner & a Cover”

Back in October, we announced our first-ever Photo Contest. Over the next few months, the submissions rolled in from across the Pecan Belt. Each photo we received brought a smile to my face and to those of my coworkers and took us on a journey to familiar scenes across the industry—orchards at sunrise, changing seasons,…

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Good Pecans Start With Good Leaves

looking up at a young pecan tree

As we stand on the threshold of the 2019 growing season, it would be easy to be discouraged after the challenges we have had the last couple of years, but we all know that if it was easy, anyone could do it and we also know that growing pecans is a lot of hard work!…

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Difficult Pruning Decisions for Storm Recovery

The cleanup from Hurricane Michael is on-going here in Georgia and many growers have reached the point where they have a lot of the debris cleaned out of the way but have to decide what to do with mangled trees that remain standing. The answer will depend on a number of factors, including tree density…

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New Plantings Require a Few Variety Considerations

At the top of some pecan producers’ minds right now is the preparation for new orchard plantings. It’s probably a little late now to change this year’s order for nursery trees, but here are some important considerations when you’re deciding on a cultivar mix for your new plantings in the western growing region. History  …

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Before You Plant, Evaluate Your Soil

Each January, people throughout the southern United States prepare to plant a new pecan orchard. For many, it’s a first-time venture, perhaps even their first agricultural endeavor. Others may be expanding or renovating an existing orchard by planting trees on new ground or within their present boundaries. Some people may be planting ten trees, while…

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More than a tree

A pile of pecans and sticks after a hurricane sits beside a truck and are now inedible.

We all know that the wood from pecan trees is great for barbecuing and smoking meat. Along with adding flavor to your meats, pecan wood makes unique furniture, flooring, and paneling. It is also used in producing pallets for transportation of goods. After pecan wood is cured, it is extremely durable. Pecan wood has also…

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Have you heard the story of Ben Littlepage?

Ben Littlepage as a young man stands with his pecan trees

As usual, I turned onto I-49 driving south from Shreveport. I got off at exit 99, turned left and took the bridge over the Red River, driving northeast on Highway 8 toward Colfax. At McNeely Crossing, I would normally turn right at the farmhouse with the cannon sitting out front, but today, I continued on…

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