How can I kill the weeds around my pecan tree?
There are several effective ways to manage the weeds around a pecan tree. The one you choose will depend largely upon the equipment and chemicals you use. The most common method is a close mowed sod with a herbicide strip around the tree. The main factor is to eliminate competition for moisture and nutrients and leaves a good surface for harvesting in the fall.
Round-up and other selective herbicides can be used after the trees are several years old or by using a shield. The shield will protect the tree trunk. It is important to not allow any herbicide to contact green stems or foliage.
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.