UGA Pecan Extension

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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Insect Update/ Terminal Die Back

Here is a pecan insect update from UGA Entomologist, Dr. Will Hudson: The yellow aphid spike many growers noticed in late June seems to have fallen off in most orchards, and the very hot weather now will really slow any further population increases.  That takes some pressure off for now. …
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Nut Drop, Leaf Samples, and Fungicide Sprays

We are seeing nut drop right now from various things. The Pawnee drop was much heavier than normal ranging from about 30%-70% as you move southward in the state. This correlates well with chill hours (Byron, GA —574 chill hrs; Valdosta, GA—264 chill hours), which is strong evidence for this being…
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