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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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New Pecan Entomologist

Most pressing pest problems for Georgia pecan producers include black and yellow pecan aphids, pecan weevils and ambrosia beetles.

Published 05/03/2018
UGA Inventor

Sparks is responsible for the release of eight patented pecan cultivars

Published 04/25/2018
Fire Ant Control

Treat for fire ants twice a year, in April and October.

Published 04/02/2018

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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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Phylloxera and Casebearer Update Posted by on May 17, 2018

Phylloxera damage has become very noticeable this week. If you see galls on the leaves like the image below, that is phylloxera damage. Stem phylloxera (a separate species) shows up as galls in the stems or nuts and is much more damaging.  Once you see damage from either stem or...

Herbicide Injury Season is Here Posted by on May 11, 2018

Row crop planting has started in south Georgia and this means herbicide drift season has arrived. I have been on the road all week looking at drift-damaged trees. Since I cannot make it to every orchard in which this occurs, here are the steps that should be taken when a...

Talking About Insects: Pecan Nut Casebearer and Sawfly Posted by on May 3, 2018

Hi everyone, this is Angel Acebes-Doria, the pecan entomologist. Dr. Wells has given me the permission to post on the Pecan Blog regarding topics on pecan insect pest management. On my first post, I will talk about pecan nut casebearers (PNC) as it is that time of the year that...

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