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  • UGA Pecan Breeding Program - Established 1998
    UGA Pecan Breeding Program - Established 1998
  • Developing Cultivars Adapted for the Southeastern U.S.
    Developing Cultivars Adapted for the Southeastern U.S.

UGA Pecan Breeding Method

Potential new cultivars are selected on the basis of large nut size, good cracking and shelling characteristics, early nut maturity, light colored kernels, and a cluster size small enough to ensure adequate filling. Resistance or tolerance to major insect and disease pests, especially pecan scab, are also major goals.

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Patrick J. ConnerProfessor; Areas of Interest: Pecan breeding
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Pecan Harvest

All pecan varieties are currently being harvested, and due to early nut maturity, most of the harvest should be ready by early December.

Pecan Cover Crops

Lenny Wells recommends crimson clover to build up the soil and sustain the life of a pecan orchard.


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