Agricultural Export Programs Offer Excellent Returns, Deserve Continued Funding

keno 2022

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports welcomes the results of a recent econometric study indicating that public-private U.S. agricultural export market development programs remain highly effective and generate a substantial return on investment.  In letters sent April 27, 2022, members of the Coalition and additional organizations asked U.S. House and Senate agricultural appropriations…

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USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Natural Disasters

keno 2022
a tractor driving through the pecan orchard

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. “For…

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Uruguay, South America’s small but rising producer

keno 2022
A pecan orchard in Cerros Azules, Uruguay, during dusk. The setting sun has cast a bluish hue across the pecan orchard.

In previous issues, we have analyzed the evolution of pecan production throughout South America and several countries’ efforts to develop markets and position themselves as pecan suppliers to global consumers. Today, it’s Uruguay’s turn. The second smallest country in South America, Uruguay borders Brazil, Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean. Its location near the Argentine Mesopotamia…

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APC and APPB gather for landmark meetings

keno 2022

The pecan industry in the United States has gone through many organizational changes within the last decade. A group of meetings at the end of March represented another pecan industry landmark. The American Pecan Council (APC), representing the Federal Marketing Order, and the American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB), representing the Research and Promotion Program, held…

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Raise your pecan nut casebearer game

keno 2022
A nut cluster with 3 developing nuts. At the base of the cluster is webbing and black gunk. The bottom nut has turned a light brown near its base, indicating PNC larvae has burrowed inside.

My first job in the field of horticulture was selling plants, fertilizer, seeds, and lawn and garden supplies at a retail garden center in Lubbock, Texas, in 1985. Retail sales in the springtime boomed from the customer interest in the beautification of West Texas landscapes. I sold many bottles and bags containing diazinon, malathion, carbaryl…

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May 2022 Advertisers

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Pecan South May 2022 advertisers share their products and services between the pages of this issue. Below, we present a full list of our May 2022 advertisers and their contact information.

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Walter Williams…Texas Pecan Grower

keno 2022
A man, Walter Williams, stands next to tall and mature pecan tree during winter. The tree has multiple lines in different colors painted in rows up its thick trunk.

Walter Williams was a pioneer and national leader in the U.S. pecan industry; he passed away on March 24, 2022. Walter and Velmalene, his wife, owned and operated 325 acres of improved and native pecans on the lower Guadalupe River at their home in Concrete, Texas. Walter was an avid student of pecan growing and…

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USDA supports APC’s export activities in big way

keno 2022
A social media ad for American Pecans. It shows a traditional nutcracker with a new face. The nutcracker stares with a dropped jaw and bulging eyes at three different pecan dishes. The ad reads, "Holiday recipes with pecans—surprisingly versatile." These ads were part of the APC's marketing export activities in Germany.

The American Pecan Council (APC) has seen a growth in export activities and funding in the last three years as the U.S. pecan industry’s unified efforts bear fruit. APC has been working hand in hand with USDA to create an international marketing strategy to further develop consumer-focused marketing efforts in China and Germany. Thanks to…

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Supply chain woes and the pecan industry

keno 2022
Large container ship loaded with refrigerated and standard containers approaching port, assisted by two tugs and followed by pilot cutter.

The term “supply chain” describes the organization of participants that produce, process, and distribute goods to consumers. Supply chains, especially those associated with food and fiber, have seen increased interest over the last several years and even more in the last several months. Many factors, including weather-related issues, issues associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic,…

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Images from the pecan world

keno 2022

A father once told his son that a person should never miss an opportunity to keep their mouth shut. Sage advice I should consider more often, and I’ll add to it—one should keep their eyes and ears open. Whether we realize it or not, each of us uses a somewhat unique learning style, usually relying…

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Letter from the Editor: “A Time for Possibilities”

keno 2022
Letter from the Editor graphic with a pecan background

Dear Readers, This month leaves expand and pecan pollination begins, signaling the onset of nut production and another crop. We’re in that transitional phase between spring and summer, between what could be and what is.  In this in-between time, we still face the worries and concerns of yesterday, but we also harness great hope. And…

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National Pecan Federation fly-in and report from Capitol Hill

keno 2022
The team representing the National Pecan Federation and the pecan industry stands in front of the Capitol Building on a rainy day for the Walk the Hill event.

NPF Washington, D.C. Fly-in The National Pecan Federation (NPF) recently held a Washington, D.C. board meeting and fly-in. The fly-in included board members and affiliated organizations. Issues discussed with the Administration and members of Congress included India’s tariff on U.S. pecan imports, pecan research funding, and the 2023 Farm Bill. NPF participants met with senior…

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May 2022 Classifieds

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The May 2022 Classifieds feature available equipment, property, trees, services, and more from industry members. These classifieds can also be viewed at the back of the May 2022 issue.

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The May 2022 Crop Corner

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The Crop Corner provides seasonal updates for readers on pecans throughout the industry and continues in Pecan South’s May 2022 magazine. Created and published by Pecan South editors, The Pecan Newsletter provides weekly harvest and market updates from September through January by compiling reports from growers and market information from reliable sources worldwide. The Crop…

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U.S. Pecan Industry’s Quality Assurance Program Open for Comment

keno 2022
The cover for the American Pecan Council's draft for the industry's QAP released in April 2022.

Fort Worth, Texas—The American Pecan Council (APC) has released the draft of the voluntary Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for the U.S. pecan industry for public comment and will be collecting feedback through our QAP survey (link below).   The public comment period for the voluntary Quality Assurance Program will run from Thursday, April 28, 2022, through…

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The Crop Corner April 2022

keno 2022
Banner image to represent the Pecan Crop Corner The Crop Corner provides seasonal updates for readers on pecans throughout the industry and continues April 2o22. Created and published by Pecan South editors, The Pecan Newsletter provides weekly harvest and market updates from September through January by compiling reports from growers and market information from reliable sources worldwide. The Crop Corner follows these same...
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Letter from the Editor: Let’s celebrate this National Pecan Month

keno 2022
Letter from the Editor graphic with a pecan background Dear Readers, Happy National Pecan Month! We’ll be celebrating our favorite nut all month long and sharing its tremendous health benefits with friends, family, and customers. I also have some excellent pecan industry news that’ll make this month extra special for you.  On page 8 of this Pecan South, you’ll find an article from the...
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Alternative pest control considerations

keno 2022

With the new season right around the corner and the supply chain challenges for all goods, growers may need to start thinking about alternative pest control options. We have become dependent on chemicals to help control pests in our orchards. This dependence has led to us giving little thought to other methods for controlling these…

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Next steps for voluntary Quality Assurance Program

keno 2022
a tractor driving through the pecan orchard

BACKGROUND OF THE PROGRAM This year is certainly moving full speed ahead with the dawn of Q2 upon us. U.S. agriculture is in a pivotal and transformative era, leading the food and agriculture supply chain to find new ways of building resilience to combat impacts on food supply. The onset of the pandemic accelerated fundamental…

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April 2022 Classifieds

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The April 2022 Classifieds feature available equipment, property, trees, services, and more from industry members. These classifieds can also be viewed at the back of the April 2022 issue.

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Thinking like a pecan tree

keno 2022
Sunlight bursts through a pecan orchard at dawn.

Sometimes when you’re out in the orchard and you listen closely amid the bird song, you can hear the leaves rubbing edges in the breeze, busy at their work of changing sunlight to sugar with a little help from the roots pulling water and nutrients from the soil. You’ll have to switch off the tractor…

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3 New Pecan Varieties Patented by USDA-ARS Pecan Breeding and Genetics Program

keno 2022
The three new pecan varieties compared side-by-side.

‘Pueblo,’ ‘Seneca,’ and ‘Zuni’ are three new pecan varieties released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and are patent pending. These three varieties were written about in-depth by LJ Grauke (retired, USDA-ARS) in his 2019 Pecan South article, “Family Trees: The Next Generation.” All observations of these varieties are based…

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