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The Importance Of Good Soil

Another year has passed us by and I’m sure you’ve heard or read many reflections on the events of 2010. As I sit here, pondering the last year’s pecan season, the overriding message has got to be “Wow, what a difference a year makes!!” Last year (January 2010) we were lamenting over the fact that...

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WPGA Set for March 6-8; Registration Underway

The Western Pecan Growers Association will host its 45th annual conference and trade show, March 6-8, 2011, at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Registration is currently underway and hotel accommodations can be booked by calling the Encanto at 575-522-4300 or 866-383-0443. The WPGA group rate is $94. For a complete packet of information...

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A New Era for Pecans

In preparation for tax filing and for this coming season’s financing, I have just finished preliminary profit and loss statements for 2010. As was expected, our farming operations had a very profitable year with prices being what they are. The other side of the coin was our fundraising and gift business. That was not so...

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Southeastern PGA To Meet Feb. 25-26 in Biloxi

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 7 a.m.              Registration – Registration Desk 7 a.m.              Exhibits Open 8:30 a.m.        Convention Call to Order and Welcome 8:40 a.m.       “The Map Funding Initiative and Other Industry Developments” – Hilton Segler 9 a.m.             “Promotional Efforts and Research Support by the National...

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Pecan Orchard Takeover Checklist

What you are about to read is not an article on walnut caterpillar, scorch mites or black pecan aphids — insects that come in seemingly overnight and take over your orchard. Nor is this an article describing what happens when you borrow money and the knock at the front door is your lender. Rather, this...

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Natural Enemies Important Component of IPM

During this off-season, I want to discuss in a two-part series, beneficial insects or natural enemies associated with pecan and for this month I will highlight the predators with next month’s column devoted to the parasites. By definition, we will define “predator” as an organism that requires more than one prey to complete development. Ever...

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