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Native Pecan Management During an “On” Year

In many native pecan groves, 2014 was a short crop year. A late spring frost in April 2014 damaged emerging buds and limited pistillate flower production. Then, just as the harvest season began, the weather turned crazy. We started with snow in early November then had periodic rain and snow storms during much of the...

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WPGA Panel Addresses Increasing Salinity Issues

The Western Pecan Growers Association held its annual conference March 1-3 in Las Cruces, New Mexico as usual and enjoyed its typical robust attendance and trade show participation. The educational program encompassed varied topics and concluded with a panel discussion on salinity, an issue of increasing concern in the West, particularly as drought conditions continue....

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NPSA Provides Updates on Issues Impacting Industry

The National Pecan Shellers Association met for its mid-winter gathering March 10-12 in Savannah, Georgia with an agenda that included updates on several major issues with potential impacts on the pecan industry. Diane Welland of Kellen Communications offered an overview of what to expect when USDA’s 2015 version of its official Dietary Guidelines is released...

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Marketing Order Info Widely Shared at Industry Meets

A significant effort has been underway the past several weeks to disseminate information to the pecan industry regarding a potential federal marketing order for pecans. USDA representatives along with American Pecan Board members have made appearances on conference programs at the Southeastern Pecan Growers conference, the Western Pecan Growers conference and the National Pecan Shellers...

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Pecan Soil and Production Potential

Many factors influence production and profitability but few or none are more important than the soil on which pecans are grown. We always say, “Pecans need deep, well-drained soil;” but the question is how deep and how well drained? Irrigation is important, but the water delivery and rate depends on the soil. Soil and water...

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