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Trump signs $19 billion disaster relief bill

After a long delay, President Donald Trump signed the $19 billion disaster relief bill early Thursday morning, which will give funds to states and territories damaged by natural disasters. Along with Puerto Rico, a number of states, including California, Georgia, Florida, and Iowa, will receive aid through this package after being ravaged by hurricanes, wildfires,...

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filled with Noce Pecan's Green Pecan Liqueur, glass bottles with a green labels sit on a shelf ready to be sold.

Innovation Corner: Noce Pecans

Noce Pecan is inspired by a traditional Italian walnut liqueur called Nocino, which is made from unripe walnuts and citrus. We made our Texas-inspired version by taking green, unripened pecans from Yegua Creek Farms and steeping them for a year in a neutral spirit. We then added fresh lemon peel for the final six months of the infusion. The resulting...

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Maps that show commercial pecan distribution in the U.S. and Mexico

Family Trees: Roots & Resilience

The U.S. pecan industry is young compared to most tree crops. The pecan is an unusual example of a North American native tree that has become a worldwide crop. The early pecan industry grew out of the native forest with several factors contributing to its historic development: a nutritious, high-quality product that was in demand;...

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After the tornado, mature pecan trees lay uprooted and scattered about the orchard.

Late spring tornado strikes Red River region

This spring has been a doozy for growers across Texas, Oklahoma and much of the Southeast, who have been combating tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, and incessant rain. April 30 alone saw 41 tornadoes of varying strength touch down across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. One tornado, in particular, touched down near Wichita Falls, Texas...

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A yellow lift holds up a young pecan tree, showing off its massive feeder roots. These roots form a tangled mass that stretch from the base of the tree out and down.

The Mystery of Pecan Roots

At less than 150 years old, the pecan industry is a relatively new commercial crop in the world. Citrus, apples, grapes, and most other fruit crops have been cultivated for profit over a much longer period of time. We know a lot about pecans from a production and technical standpoint. However, there is very little...

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A tall, mature pecan tree stretches toward the sky and provides shade over a stone walkway, outside of Château Carbonnieux.

The Pecan Trees of the Centenary

A plantation project to commemorate Franco-American friendship on the occasion of the centenary of the United States entering World War One.  The Project’s Genesis The Franco-American friendship began during the Enlightenment, before the French Revolution, thanks to the role played by Lafayette in the American Revolutionary War and to his friendship with Thomas Jefferson, Governor...

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A adult black pecan aphid and her nymphs sit on the yellow, chlorotic spot that they created on this once green pecan leaf.

Pecan Aphids, Part II: Feeding Biology

In the first of this three-part series on the pecan-feeding aphids (March 2019), I covered how different aphid species distribute on pecan foliage. At the end of that article, we questioned why nymphs of the blackmargined pecan aphid and yellow pecan aphid favor the underside of the pecan leaf, but a proportion of black pecan...

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Microsprinklers water a tree.

June’s the time to get it right!

June is generally accepted as the start of summer. Out in the West, some years feel like summer starts at the end of May and continues through to Halloween. June is also the beginning of the most critical phases of our growing season. We have made it through budbreak and pollination, hopefully without incident, and...

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A promotional image from the APC that shows a bag of pecans and the Superweek logo in red. It reads: "1 bag of pecans = so many super recipes."

APC 101 Series: Marketing Strategy 101

As consumer behavior changes and generations establish their likes and dislikes, industry marketing, education techniques, and technologies must also adapt or be left behind. To understand and thrive in the future market, the industry must understand consumer trends and preferences. Consider the following: traditional TV viewing is down across all major age groups. According to...

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Between two green pecan shucks, a mass of brown frass from PNC and some webbing too.

Beware the Second Generation of Pecan Nut Casebearer

If you’re in the pecan business, there’s something you should and need to know. The pecan nut casebearer must be controlled. This fact has been reiterated countless times in this magazine, and PNC management remains a standard topic at spring county field days. Typically, the recommendation emphasizes managing the first generation and focuses on using...

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