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2020—An exciting Year Ahead

With the beginning of the American Pecan Council’s (APC) new fiscal year, the industry has several projects moving forward. With the strategic plan in full swing, these projects can be broken down into five specific areas: Marketing; International Marketing; Grades, Standards & Research; Industry Relations; and Unified Industry. 2019 – 2020 promises to be a...

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Family Trees: The Next Generation

The USDA-ARS Pecan Breeding & Genetics Program is at a transition point. In the past three Pecan South articles, we looked at the collection of living inventories that has grown from a “breeder’s collection” to represent global Carya populations, forming the National Collection of Genetic Resources for Pecans and Hickories (NCGR-Carya). Using that collection, cooperative...

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‘Desirable’: True or False

In early November, we harvested ‘Desirable’ pecans in the Brison Block of the Texas A&M Pecan Orchard on the Brazos River near College Station, Texas. The Brison Block has 18 trees that are over 70 years of age, with trunk diameters of 36 to 48 inches. These are big old trees, yet they produced over...

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A bundle of catkins hang off the end of a new shoot on a pecan tree.

Understanding Pecan Tree Dichogamy

If you have been following the Pecan South’s Pecan Newsletter this fall, you will have read several growers’ comments on pollination issues affecting their crop. Here, I’ll review the mechanics of pecan pollination and how different environmental factors impact pollination each spring. This review should help you design new plantings in the spring of 2020...

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