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Contributing to a healthy environment

The western region irrigated pecan industry (Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas in the U.S. and Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon and Sonora in Mexico) has grown tremendously since pecans were first introduced in early 1900s. Mexico has over 96,000 hectares with an annual production valued at over $500 million (SAGARPA 2011). There are an...

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New U.S. Pecan Council

On May 16, 2013, an historic event occurred for pecans. Up until that date, no group had been assembled that represented all segments of the U.S. pecan industry. On that date, the newly formed U.S. Pecan Council seated its first board of directors. This article is an account of its beginnings and future vision. In...

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Two Silent Tree Killers

I am writing this month to discuss 2 silent killers that rob tree vitality and yield over the course of time, without most growers noticing until the damage is extreme. The first of these is the Prionus Root Borer, which attacks many different species of trees including pecan. This pest is present in varying degrees...

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Georgia Pecans on CBS and Pinterest

As Georgia Pecan Month and the harvest season approach, the Georgia Pecan Commission has been marketing Georgia Pecans on a national platform. The Commission conducted desk-side editorial meetings with editors of food and health magazines such as Fitness, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Women’s Health, Self, Weight Watcher’s and Ladies’ Home Journal. The Commission also coordinated Georgia-based...

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Old Pecan Varieties in Texas

There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans; but how many are “the best”? In Texas, there are only a very few: ‘Western’, ‘Desirable’, ‘Pawnee’, maybe ‘Caddo’, ‘Sioux’ and ‘Kanza’. In 2011, I wrote an article on the varieties THAT have potential, so we will not go there here. This winter, we face the hard task...

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How was your foliage this year?

Foliage retention until the first’ frost has always been a goal of pecan producers in order to keep the trees healthy and productive from year to year. It’s been tough to maintain good foliage health this year due to the ravages of scab, anthracnose, downy spot, zonate leaf spot, nutritional imbalances, and most significantly black...

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