USDA Trade Disruption Support for Farmers

Pecan South will continue to update this article to bring the pecan industry the up-to-date news about the second round of trade mitigation support. USDA Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation and Trade Disruption May 23rd, 2019 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take...

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Catkins on a 'Wichita' pecan tree.

Pecan Flowering: Genesis of the Nut

One thing is for sure, just when you think you have something figured out, nature will turn around and show you differently. In my position thus far, I find myself making recommendations all the time, but I often have to remind myself not to make too specific generalizations for doing things one way across all...

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Nitrogen in Pecans Versus Other Crops

Nitrogen (N) is the essential plant nutrient of greatest concern in most commercial plant production systems, including pecan. Although nitrogen may be present in irrigation water or resident in soils from ongoing organic matter decomposition, supplemental nitrogen fertilizer is typically required in field and orchard crops every year. Conversion of nitrogen to plant-usable forms (nitrate,...

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Catkins hanging on a 'Sioux' pecan tree

Fertilizer Keeps this Season’s Optimism Alive

Still smarting from quality woes and lack of market activity this past growing season, producers are struggling to find optimism as the new growing season kicks off in earnest. I must admit that I too am struggling for optimism, but in reality, all farmers—whatever the crop—are eternal optimists. Why? Because we have some assurances that...

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GPGA Meets for Annual Conference

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association hosted its 54th annual Educational Conference and Trade Show at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia on March 26 through 27. The first day was marked by a golf tournament, a question and answer session with UGA Pecan Extension’s Lenny Wells, and a welcome reception....

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Blooming tulips sit in the foreground of this shot of the U.S. Capitol

Update on Pecans in Washington, D.C.

Despite the completion of the 2018 Farm Bill, pecan has had much activity in the nation’s capital in recent days with Farm Bill implementation and other issues of significance to the industry. The 2018 Farm Bill is in the early implementation stage with rules still being formulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA recently...

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Group photo with all the attendees from the first Pecan Congress held by the APC

Pecan Congress marks another effort toward industry unity

April 9 marked a historic day for the American pecan industry. Hosted by the American Pecan Council, representatives from 19 of 21 state, regional, and national organizations and associations gathered at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport for the first ever Pecan Congress. Acknowledging this meeting’s historical significance, APC Executive Director, Alex Ott, commended delegates...

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