How far apart should I plant my pecan trees?
Generally, spacing is determined by the age of the tree. Recommended spacing today is to use the square system and plant on a 45 foot center. These trees will have to be thinned by age 20-25 years.
Proper spacing is desirable to eliminate competition for nutrients, moisture, and sunlight. Ideally, the tree limbs should never overlap. At mid-day during the summer, 25-35 percent of the ground should receive sunlight.
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.