UGA Pecan Extension

Will Stuart nuts open?

The biggest concern right now for most pecan growers is the delay in ‘Stuart’ shuck split. I have had many calls asking “Will these nuts ever open”? For the most part, yes they will. The delay in Stuart shuck split should not really come as a surprise. Stuart always has a…
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Harvest Update and Drought

The pecan harvest picked up momentum this week as many growers began harvesting Desirable, Stuart, and other mid-harvest season varieties. Desirables seem to be shaking out well while Stuart is probably not quite ready to really come out as we would like. I expect they won’t really shake well in…
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2016 Crop Update and Pecan Market Prices

The 2016 pecan market has opened with the crop beginning to trickle in. At this point I would still say the crop in general is about a week later than last year’s crop, which is going to put pressure on growers to meet mid-November contract dates. I expect harvest of…
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Things to Consider as Harvest Draws Near

 Shuck split on Cape Fear 9/29/2016 Pawnees are being harvested this week and many other varieties are experiencing shuck split. I have seen Elliott, Oconee, Caddo, Creek, and Excel opening this week as expected. This means that these varieties will likely be ready for harvest in 2-3 weeks where we are…
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Assessments for 2016 Pecan Crop

With the passing of the Federal Marketing Order for pecans, the 2016 crop will be assessed when pecans are sold anywhere in the U.S. in order to fund the FMO. See details in the following announcement from the American Pecan Board: http://pecanboard.com/guidance-pecan-industry-fmo-assessments/
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How close is too close?

Since the adoption of hedging in Georgia pecan orchards I have seen the tree spacing of newly planted orchards grow tighter and tighter. Many growers are now telling me they plan to plant 20 X 40, 30 X 30, or 20 X 30. Some growers fully expect to maintain the…
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After the Storm

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine passed through Georgia last week causing serious damage to portions of the pecan growing region but overall most growers are thankful the damage was no worse. The most severe damage reflects the path of the storm and as usual was much worse on the right side of…
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