How frequently and how much should I irrigate pecan trees?
The most critical time for newly planted pecan trees and shrubs is the first summer after they are planted. Water the upper 6 to 8 inches of soil thoroughly. Provide a weekly soaking rather than frequent light sprinklings. A mulch of pine needles, pine bark, and raked leaves or similar materials will help to keep the soil cool and conserve moisture.
Often a loosening of soil around the plants will be helpful and necessary. Normal watering causes compaction and roots need oxygen to grow. Large plants may require a small levee around them to retain the water long enough to soak in.
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.