What method should be used to graft pecans?
The four-flap graft is the primary method used for spring grafting. Also called the "banana" graft, this technique is suited to propagation of small seedling pecan trees and branches of larger trees. Optimum rootstock size for grafting is 3/8 to 5/8 inch diameter. The graft works best if the graftwood and rootstock are the same size.
You may begin grafting when the bark slips freely. Normally, this is mid-April and early May at the beginning of spring growth. Consider carefully the varieties of pecans adapted to your area in the selection of graftwood. You will accomplish little by propagating a variety which is not suited to your locality and purpose.
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.