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    Pecans 2015 Farm Gate Value: $361 million
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    Pecans bred on the UGA Tifton Campus

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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Pecan Production Costs

UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells says pecans have to be protected against insect pests and disease pressure.

Published 04/26/2017
Pecan Book

Book covers the health advantages of pecans, the development of different varieties and the nut's surge in popularity around the world.

Published 04/13/2017
Avalon Variety

UGA's newest pecan variety produces a bigger nut and shows high resistance to scab disease.

Published 04/06/2017

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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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How Long Does Your Fungicide Need to Be On Before the Rain? Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

Pecan scab is enjoying ideal weather in much of Georgia at this time. This has kept most growers busy trying to keep the trees sprayed between rain showers. A common question we get during such conditions is “how long does my fungicide need to be on before the rain arrives?”. This is...

Insect Update Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

Here is an insect update from Dr. Will Hudson: “A number of growers have called asking if they need to reapply their insecticide treatments for budmoth.  The answer is yes, definitely.  There are several (5-6) generations for budmoth, so young trees can be attacked anytime.  The more new growth they...

Critical time for Fungicide Sprays Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

With June’s arrival nut sizing begins in earnest. This means the nuts will grow rapidly and as they grow they will expose newly developed and unprotected tissue. Your scab spray schedule is designed to protect that growth for 2 weeks (the amount of time for new tissue to develop and...

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