A transport ship with thousands of shipping containers on board in Bukit Merah, Singapore.

U.S. and China Sign Phase One of Trade Agreement

The United States and China signed “Phase One” of their trade agreement on Wednesday, further opening up trade negotiations between the two countries and halting the 18-month trade war. This first phase reduces some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, includes intellectual property protections, and requires China to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. Marked...

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Pecan Tree Space Management

Pecan orchard design and tree spacing require a series of important decisions for every grower. Once trees are in the ground, growers experience the profit or loss with their original plans and their long-term production or lack of production. I have, from time to time, been entertained by pecan business world investors and developers who...

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Trade Wars Explained

For the last several months, one of the most contentious topics in the morning news, on social media, and around the table in my local coffee shop has been the trade war with China. Most days I can keep my mouth shut and just listen, but recently I feel compelled to educate readers on the...

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Postcard shows Dam at Elephant Butte, on Rio Grande, near El Paso, Texas

Water Fight in the World of Pecans

Out in the western part of the American Pecan Belt, the sun burns hot, water runs scarce, and pecan trees grow for miles and miles. Growers look forward to a bright future and continue to plant in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, and around the El Paso Valley, Texas. But a cloud looms over growers...

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Three stacked photos exhibit how Zhang's team measure the shuck, shell, and embryo of each cultivar.

Know Your Nuts – From Flowering to Fruiting

Scheduling irrigation, pesticide sprays, and preparing the orchard floor for harvest are all tied to how pecans develop into mature nuts, and how they grow in any given year. Our current language about pecan growth highlights some key growth points. One such example is the water stage—the best time for fruit thinning to better regulate...

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Pecan Trees Prepare to Face Winter Head-On

Winter can be horrible news for plants, even here in the “balmy” Southwest. The days get shorter and sunlight intensity decreases as we approach winter, making photosynthesis tougher and tougher. In addition, plants have no choice but to slow all activities way down as temperatures dip, since the rates of a plant’s metabolic processes are...

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Two rows of hedged 'Caddo' trees in a southeastern orchard.

Growing Pecans for Today’s Market

We’re still trying to rebuild in much of Georgia’s pecan production region after the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael and the issues caused by the tariffs imposed last year on pecans. Growers are rehabbing their orchards and replanting pecan trees. Some orchards have been cleared and completely renovated with new plantings. And surprisingly, I am...

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