UGA Pecan Extension

Managing Ambrosia Beetles

UGA Extension Entomologist Will Hudson  offers the following advice for managing ambrosia beetles: Most Georgia pecan growers with newly planted trees suffered at least some damage from ambrosia beetles last year.  I don’t know if this year will be as bad, since we hadn’t seen that level of beetle activity…
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2015 UGA Extension Pecan County Production Meetings

The schedule for our county production meetings can be seen below. All meetings are lunch meetings unless shown otherwise. Contact the county extension office in your respective county for exact location: Feb. 3         Peach County Feb. 5         Tattnall/Evans County Feb. 9         Colquitt County Feb. 10       Wilcox/Pulaski County Feb. 11        Appling County…
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What Happened to the 2014 Pecan Crop?

Early estimates placed the 2014 Georgia Pecan crop at 80-90 million lbs. But,  as pecan producers have been gathering their crop, it has been obvious that the lbs making it into the wagons are not what they appeared to be on the tree. Current estimates have fallen to 70 million lbs or less. The rain we’re experiencing this…
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Why is Nut Size So Small This Year?

Pecan harvest is well underway and the most consistent observation regarding the 2014 pecan crop is small nut size. The effect of various factors on pecan nut size has been well studied; however, the exact reason for this year’s consistently small nut size is difficult to pin down. Most likely, there…
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Pecan Prices

As growers begin to harvest pecans, it is useful for them to know what current market prices are so that they can get the best possible price for their crop. The USDA Fed-State Market News Service provides price information for Georgia pecans at the following link: http://search.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/tv_fv140.txt Prices are updated each Tuesday…
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Late Season Worries and Shuck Split

I’ve had a number of calls this week about various worries and issues as harvest approaches. Most of it has centered around leaf scorching, poor foliage condition and whether or not to spray for aphids at this point. Overall, foliage condition for 2014 has been the worst I have ever…
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