USDA Completes Laboratory Modernization to Advance Pecan Breeding and Research

SOMERVILLE, TEXAS—The Pecan Breeding and Genetics Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) recently completed a 2.5 million dollar laboratory modernization to accelerate pecan breeding through innovations in genetics and plant disease research. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on March 26 to commemorate the completion of the project. Pecan trees represent...

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Two photos side by side show the before and after a freeze of secondary buds on a pecan tree.

Exploring Pecan Secondary Buds as a Spring Freeze Crop Recovery Method

In recent communications with pecan growers, a prevalent concern has emerged regarding the susceptibility of pecan crops to spring freeze events. Spring freeze, when opening flowers are exposed to freezing temperatures resulting in the failure to bear fruit, poses a significant threat to pecan production in nearly all pecan-producing states. Spring freezes occur approximately three...

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Two rows of mature pecan trees at the Texas A&M Orchard in College Station, Texas.

Texas AgriLife Job Opening: Assistant Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist

Position Description Assistant Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist: Emphasis in Pecans—El Paso, Texas Position Description: The AgriLife Research and Extension Center in El Paso, TX and the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX seeks outstanding applicants for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist position in horticultural sciences with...

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Cracking Open the India Opportunity

Driving export opportunities is a significant area of focus for the American Pecan Council. In particular, India presents a great opportunity to reach a growing, heavily vegetarian country where general awareness about pecans is low, but interest in nuts, especially U.S. nuts, is high—not just for cultural holidays, weddings, or gift-giving, but for nutritious snacking...

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Healthy soil from the Noble Research Institute

The Haney Soil Health Test

Of the many tasks a grower must manage throughout the year, proper nutrient management is a must for a successful pecan orchard or grove. A balance of proper nutritional levels will provide the best conditions to produce a consistent crop. Management not only impacts the production of a high-quality crop but is closely associated with...

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Time to Read Your Trees

As the dawn of a new pecan season rises, there is a bit of a reason for optimism. Of course, every farmer, especially pecan farmers, is an eternal optimist, but it appears the weather pattern may be changing a bit. Areas have received rain and the landscape looks better, but lakes, rivers, and wells are...

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