A Walk In The Grove

keno 2022

It was a long cold winter. When the weather finally broke with a warm spell in mid-March, I decided to enjoy a moment of warm sunshine to walk the grove. This has become a sort of annual tradition with me, looking over the trees and reflecting on all the things we did right and all…

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County Field Day Surveys Important To Agrilife Extension

keno 2022

It is hard to believe that the 2010 season is just around the corner and with the start of this new season comes a Texas pecan tradition — the county pecan field day. These field days held during the spring across the state offer producers the chance to hear the latest in horticultural practices, IPM,…

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NPSA Requests Support For Marketing, Promotion And Research Program

keno 2022

NPSA requests support for Marketing, Promotion and Research Program ATLANTA – The National Pecan Shellers Association’s Marketing, Promotion and Research Committee thanks the 65 pecan growers (companies, individuals and state/regional associations) who contributed more than $165,000 last year to the industry’s only national program designed to expand the market for pecans. The Marketing, Promotion and…

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Dupont Crop Protection Launches Tank Mix App For iPhone

keno 2022

DuPont Crop Protection recently announced an innovative application to help customers—a “TankMix App,” created for iPhone and iTouch users. The DuPont Information Technology’s (IT) Innovation Office, under the leadership of John Puckett, director, IT innovation, sponsored the project. The TankMix App provides basic math calculations for the amount of product and water needed per tank…

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Shellers Recap ’09 Crop, Hear Good Nutritional News

keno 2022

The National Pecan Shellers Association gathered for its Mid-Winter Meeting, Feb. 18-20, in New Orleans just as the city was winding down from a two-week celebration encompassing Mardi Gras and a Super Bowl victory for the Saints. However, some of the shellers were not feeling very victorious about their 2009 pecan-buying season as export markets…

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Prepare To Fertilize!

keno 2022

The drought of this past year and previous years is but a distant memory today in most folk’s minds as many completed harvest in and around rain events. It is hard to believe exactly how dry 2009 really was. When you get to doubting how dry it really was, all you need to do is…

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Tree Space Management In Pecans

keno 2022

When pecan trees crowd they should be cut down, attached to a tractor with a chain, pulled to an open space, cut into small pieces, piled, allowed to dry for one year, and burned. This is a simple operation. A team of 3 men can thin one acre per day if trunks are less than…

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Scab: Pecan Enemy Number One

keno 2022

In the Southeast, the number one enemy of pecans is the fungus disease pecan scab. Growers were painfully reminded in the 2009 season of the severity and damage caused by this disease. In 2007, an on-year crop but a very dry season, Georgia produced 150 million pounds of pecans. In 2009, an on-year crop but…

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Growers Who Plan Can Save On Headline Purchase From Basf

keno 2022

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, February 17, 201—Growers using Headline® fungicide may be eligible to receive $75 per gallon back on purchases from authorized BASF retailers made by May 15, 2010. “Growers always want to get the most out of every acre,” said Reed Barrett, Market Manager for BASF. “In these economic times, it’s also important to…

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One Observer Says, “Be Careful What You Wish For!”

keno 2022

Change is inevitable. As General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army once noted, “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” During the last century, the pecan industry has experienced a number of changes — the change from hand to mechanical cracking, the grafting of better-yielding varieties, the introduction of…

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Tree Hedging In The Southeast

keno 2022

By way of some background information, we started renovating or converting many of our old orchards to new varieties as many as 20 years ago. The orchards we are farming were planted in the early 20th century, around 1920, give or take. Of course, without the fertilizer, pest control and irrigation methods of today, they…

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Is It Time To Make A Few Changes?

keno 2022

Well, we made it through Christmas and we rang in a new year, although I’m sure a few were sleeping when the ball fell in Times Square. This year we not only started a new year but a new decade as well. Some of the events of the last decade included multiple hurricanes, record drought,…

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Pape Nutcracker Collection May Be World’s Largest

keno 2022

Kenneth Pape of Seguin, Texas, may have the largest collection of nutcrackers in the world and his collection is now showcased in his Nutcracker Museum, one of the biggest attractions in this small town about 30 miles east of San Antonio. Seguin is rich in pecan tradition and the Pape family is responsible for much…

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2010 Pecan Calendar For Texas

keno 2022

As pecan growers enter the 2010 pecan year, it is good to outline management practices that may need to be used and develop plans. The 2007, 2008 and 2009 early markets were less than ideal as far as prices to grower. The 2009 crop started out great, but 4 months of drought followed by way…

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Horticultural Oils For Pest Control: Use With Care

keno 2022

This is a topic I have written about several times in the past for this column, but every year I receive questions concerning the use of dormant oils on pecan so I will rerun again. Horticultural oils have been used in agriculture for over 100 years to control various soft bodied insects such as scale,…

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From The Tree To The Pie: One Grower’s Adventure

keno 2022

We are considered to be a small grower. We have a ‘Maramec’ orchard that produced slightly over 20,000 pounds in 2009 with a potential of 40,000 pounds annually when the smaller trees mature. Although small, I take pecan production very seriously. Our orchard is primarily random. I began grafting existing sprouts in 1979. The annual…

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Spring Fertilizer Timing

keno 2022

An annual application of fertilizer is one practice that separates intensively managed commercial pecan orchards from many native groves and dooryard plantings. Pecan trees will bear nuts with no supplemental fertilizer in many of those settings, and occasionally will make fantastic crops, but producing pecans consistently and profitably requires that the nutritional needs of the…

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Time To Move On

keno 2022

We are into February now and many of us did not really finish harvest and clean up until at least mid-January if not later. This creates a short off season for us to do those things in the orchard that we need to before spring comes. With all the chill hours that the eastern part…

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Good Agricultural Practices For Pecans

keno 2022

Over the last several years, agriculture has faced many challenges. Among these has been increased scrutiny resulting from various foodborne illnesses in multiple crops. Fortunately for us, pecans have been spared the brunt of this abuse so far. While many feel that food safety and the prevention of contamination are problems that only shellers and…

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Pecan Graftwood Collection

keno 2022

Have you ever found a native tree that produced great, flavorful nuts every year and wanted to make more of them? Do you have a lot of native pecan trees that produce few or poor nuts and wished you could switch them to another variety? Well, all of that is possible and late winter to…

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A New Year, a New Time

keno 2022

As I sit at my desk writing this month’s column, there is a cold, steady rain falling outside. It is Sunday morning and the first day off I have had since mid-October. I have been enjoying the fire in the living room fireplace, a cup of coffee with my wife, our new dog Pepper at…

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Dip Into A Healthy Holiday With Holly Jolly Biscotti

keno 2022

Texas Oncology has developed a tasty and simple holiday recipe for Holly Jolly Biscotti, which showcases the peak-season flavors of Texas citrus and pecans. Packed with healthy ingredients, this Italian-inspired, twice-baked cookie is a delicious and nutritious way to promote a good-for-you diet throughout the holidays not just for yourself, but everyone on your gift…

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Now In The Spotlight: Keeping Pecans Safe And Wholesome

keno 2022

Recent outbreaks of foodborne illness involving peanuts and pistachios have put a spotlight on issues related to food safety and nut crops. The general consensus among food safety experts prior to these outbreaks was that nuts, especially tree nuts, are relatively unlikely to harbor bacterial pathogens, mainly because of their low moisture content. But as…

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Hazelnuts Recalled Due To Salmonella; No Illness Reported

keno 2022

NEWBURG, Ore., Dec. 18 (UPI)—Willamette Filbert Growers of Newberg, Oregon, has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of shelled hazelnuts because of a risk of salmonella, federal officials said. Salmonella was found in a production lot at the facility where the nuts were shelled, the U.S Food and Drug Administration said in a release Friday. No illnesses…

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