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Pecan: America's Native Nut Tree


Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist and the university’s leading voice in the pecan industry, covers the history of pecans and their popularity in the South in his first book, “Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree.”

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Georgia Pecan Crop

Georgia pecan farmers assessing damage after Tropical Storm Irma moves through state.

Published 09/15/2017
Pecan Crop

Strong winds could lead to broken limbs, pecans blown to the ground and downed trees.

Published 09/08/2017
Pecan Field Day

UGA scientists will cover the latest Georgia pecan agricultural research, including insect and disease management strategies.

Published 08/29/2017

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Facts About Georgia Pecans

During the late 1800's ...

Landowners began to recognize the potential profit of pecans in the southeastern United States. By the late 1800's, several individuals near Savannah, Georgia had produced and marketed pecans on a small scale. By 1889, there were only 97 acres of pecans planted in Georgia.

Between 1910 and 1925 ...

Thousands of acres of pecan trees were planted in southwest Georgia. Most of these trees were initially planted as real estate investments rather than for nut production. Thousands of acres were sold in five and ten acre units, primarily in Dougherty and Mitchell Counties, which are still today the hub of Georgia's pecan producing counties. By 1920, Georgia was producing 2.5 million pounds of pecans.

By the 1950's ...

Georgia was ranked as the top state in the nation for pecan production.

Today ...

Georgia pecan orchards may range in size from just a few trees to several thousand acres. The state continues to be regarded as the top pecan producing state in the U.S., with over 170,000 acres planted.


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From the Pecan Blog
Effect of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma on Georgia Pecans Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma has become the most damaging wind event ever seen by the Georgia pecan industry. Roaring through Georgia on Monday with sustained winds of 20-40 mph and gusts reaching from 50-75 mph, Irma brought damage to virtually every pecan orchard in the state, significantly weakening what was a strong 2017...

Hurricane Irma Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

After a blog post about the approach of one of the Tropical Storms that came through Georgia last year, a friend of mine said to me, “You couldn’t offer them any advice except to turn the water off?” Well, we are facing a more serious wind event now with Hurricane Irma...

Black Aphids and Field Days Posted by on Aug 25, 2017

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