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Arkansas Pecan Growers Prepare to Host Pecan Tour May 18


Rows of mature pecan trees border a road in Arkansas. Their dark green canopies stretch across the road forming an arch.

The winner of our 6th Annual Photo Contest—a Pecan Alley of mature trees lining rural highway near Scott, Arkansas in the Arkansas Delta. (Photo by Susan Jeter)

With only about 7,000 acres of pecans grown across Arkansas, it may not be the state’s most abundant crop—but for those in the know, it’s certainly one of the most beloved.

The Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Pecan Growers Association will co-host the Arkansas Pecan Growers Summer Farm Tour on May 18. The tour will feature several pecan orchards and meet at Bruhl Farm, located at 374 Stewart Road in Scott.

The Cooperative Extension Service is the outreach and education arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Jackie Lee, resident director of the Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station in Clarksville, said the tour will offer growers an avenue for informal education and activity.

“This field tour will give pecan growers the opportunity to network and learn from other growers’ experiences,” Lee said. “We will talk about problems and successes at each orchard. We also have some great prizes to give away!”

The tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:15 p.m. The day’s schedule includes:

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Registration.

9:00-9:15 a.m. – Welcome, Jackie Lee, Arkansas Pecan Growers Association president.

9:15-9:45 a.m. – Farm Introduction/Tour, John Bruhl and Billy Jeter.

9:45-10:15 a.m. – Grafting Demo, Sherri Sanders, Division of Agriculture.

10:15-10:30 a.m. – Travel to Sissy Roy’s farm, 9605 Highway 161 South, Scott.

10:30-10:45 a.m. – Farm Introduction/Tour, Sissy Roy.

10:45-11:00 a.m. – Pecan Leaf Tissue Sampling, Amanda McWhirt, Division of Agriculture.

11:00-11:15 a.m. – Travel to Greg Rusher’s farm, 10979 Highway 161 South, Scott.

11:15-11:45 a.m. – Farm Introduction/Tour, Greg Rusher.

11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Tri-County Program — IPM and Irrigation Sherri and Kyle Sanders, Division of Agriculture.

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Lunch at Rusher Farm.

The tour costs $20 to attend for members and $35 for non-members. Payment should be mailed by May 13 to Jackie Lee, 1749 Arkansas Highway 818, Clarksville, AR, 72830, and include the attendee’s name, address, email address, and phone number. Please indicate if you would like to be included on the association’s ListServ as well, and enclose the appropriate payment:

$20 for member to attend farm tour (membership expires each June).

$35 for non-member to attend farm tour.

$50 for new membership or renewal only.

$70 for farm tour and membership renewal/new membership.

Payment may also be made in person at the tour on May 18.

Interested individuals can register for the tour through the mail or by emailing Lee at jalee@uada.edu by May 13. Lee can also provide information about joining the association. Specific questions about the tour can be emailed to Lee.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.