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What can I do to improve the quality of my pecans?

Pecan quality, during any given year, depends on the health of the tree and the environmental conditions during the growing season. There should be no standing water under the tree for over 24 hours after a rain. Surface ditches may be necessary to overcome poor drainage. Maintain a vegetative free area under the canopy of the tree or trees. Dead grass under the canopy of the tree is almost as beneficial as irrigation.Use clovers on an orchard floor to help supply needed nitrogen and also beneficial insects that feed on aphids in the pecan trees. The clover should die out by mid-summer, decreasing moisture competition. If needed, thin trees or prune single trees to insure wind movement. The disease "scab" requires moisture to grow.

Soil test and follow recommendations prior to March 15. This would eliminate any possibility of nutrient deficiencies.

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A man holds pruning loppers as he stands next to a tall blueberry bush.
Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit July 16, 2019

Pruning is a task I put off, and my blueberry bushes serve as a testament to this fact. Mainly, I am unsure how to do it correctly most of the time and don’t want to kill my plants.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts February 11, 2019

Commercial pecan growers can learn about orchard establishment and management during the 2019 Pecan Education Workshop March 20 in Raymond.

Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts January 9, 2019

Fruit and vegetable growers, or those interested in getting into the business, are invited to a daylong conference Feb. 26 in Verona.

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Nuts, Fruit and Nut Diseases November 2, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s pecan yields will be down from last year, but the future looks promising.

Mississippi Pecan Growers Association President Max Draughn of Raymond explained that pecan yields alternate from year to year.

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit August 8, 2018

Producers can learn about issues related to muscadine production and other fruit-related topics at an upcoming field day in Pearl River County, south of McNeill.

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