Is my soil good enough for pecans?
Pecans will not grow under low, wet conditions. A pecan orchard growing on poor, unproductive soil produces only disappointment. Many new growers struggle for 10 to 20 years before realizing that their problems began with the soil where they planted their trees. Generally, pecans grow as native plants in river bottoms, and the alluvial soils found in these bottoms usually make the best orchard sites. Pecans require at least 3 feet of well-drained soil above the minimum depth of the water table to develop a strong root system. Pecans planted on shallow soils having poor internal drainage never develop into large, productive trees.
The planting site should have good surface and internal drainage, receive full sun, and be at least 30 feet from a building, other trees, or a power line.
Mississippi’s recent bout of bad weather came at a critical time for producers of blueberries, the state’s largest commercial fruit crop. Blueberries can be easily damaged by cold weather, but the timing of mid-February’s icy weather limited the potential damage.
Despite weather challenges combined with a decreased production year for most pecan varieties, Mississippi’s 2020 crop will be decent.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new obstacle for Mississippi blueberry growers in 2020, impacting the labor force for the early-season varieties.
The invasive species of fruit fly, Spotted Wing Drosophila, can wreak havoc on the state’s largest commercial fruit crop – blueberries. But homeowners likely won’t find it to be a significant problem.
Regional agriculture advisory groups will meet across the state next month to provide input on educational programing and research conducted by Mississippi State University.