UGA Pecan Extension

About Lenny Wells

I am an Associate Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia. My research and extension programs focus on practical cultural management strategies that help to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of pecan production in Georgia.

Cleanup and Water Requirements for Nut Maturity

Most Georgia pecan growers are still busy cleaning up their orchards following Irma’s damage. However, don’t forget about fulfilling the needs of the trees to finish maturation of the crop that remains. Most orchards throughout the state received significant rainfall (3″ or more) from the storm. However, much of that…
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Effect of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma on Georgia Pecans

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma has become the most damaging wind event ever seen by the Georgia pecan industry. Roaring through Georgia on Monday with sustained winds of 20-40 mph and gusts reaching from 50-75 mph, Irma brought damage to virtually every pecan orchard in the state, significantly weakening what was a strong 2017…
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Hurricane Irma

After a blog post about the approach of one of the Tropical Storms that came through Georgia last year, a friend of mine said to me, “You couldn’t offer them any advice except to turn the water off?” Well, we are facing a more serious wind event now with Hurricane Irma…
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Black Aphids and Field Days

If you have black aphid susceptible cultivars like Schley, Sumner, Oconee, or Gloria Grande be on the lookout for black aphids. Even if you have recently sprayed, check in behind them again after a few days. We have seen significant flare ups of this pest over the last two weeks. At…
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Water Split

If you have noticed  a sudden fruit shed over the last few days, you are most likely seeing the results of water stage fruit split. This is a common problem that happens annually on certain varieties and is just part of growing those cultivars. I have copied the blog post…
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Critical Time for The Pecan Season

We are at a critical time in the season for pecan production in terms of both this year’s quality and next year’s flower production.. A lot happens within a pecan tree in August. The shells are hardening and the nuts are moving into the gel stage to soon begin filling…
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Time For Fruit Thinning Approaching

I’ve seen a number of orchards of many varieties in the last few weeks in which the trees are carrying a pretty heavy crop load. If you have over 60% of the terminals bearing fruit, the trees will benefit from thinning. This will improve quality this year and generate a…
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