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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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Pecan News
Pecans For Christmas

Nut-producing trees are the gifts that keep on giving.

Published 11/27/2017
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.

Published 11/15/2017
Pecan Cover Crops

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

Published 11/08/2017

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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
Odd Pecans Posted by on Nov 28, 2017

Every year people bring me a host of odd-ball nuts they run across during harvest. No, I’m not referring to people here but actual pecans. I get tiny pecans the size of a pinky-nail as well as those that have some sort of growth abnormality. Two of the most common are “twin-pecans” and...

Observations of Pecan Harvest So Far Posted by on Oct 23, 2017

Pecan harvest is underway in Georgia. Pawnee, Moneymaker, Elliott, Schley, Oconee, Creek, Caddo, Cape Fear, Kiowa, Excel, and Desirable have been or are being harvested at this point. Over the next week we should see the rapid pace of shuck split and pecan harvest continue to accelerate. While the crop...

Pecan Price Report Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

With pecan harvest underway, growers should check the current market prices before selling their crop. See the link here for current prices. Prices will be updated each Tuesday and Thursday through the harvest season.


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