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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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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
Ambrosia Beetle Emergence 2018 Posted by on Feb 18, 2018

Asian Ambrosia Beetle Attack on Young Tree Trunk We have had our first report of ambrosia beetle emergence in a Brooks County orchard at the end of last week. With warm temperatures expected through the next 7-10 days, ambrosia beetle activity is likely to pick up. Young, stressed trees, particularly...

2018 Pecan Spray Guide Posted by on Jan 31, 2018

The 2018 UGA Pecan Spray guide can be found here.

What Pollinator Should You Plant? Posted by on Jan 29, 2018

A couple of years ago I posted a short discussion of why pecans need a pollinator, which I suggest reading if you doubt the need of pollinators. I get many questions about the best pollinator to choose for our commonly planted varieties. I usually point people to the pollination chart...

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