Seminole Crop E News

Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Pruning Pecans

Posted by romeethredge on November 26, 2013

Pecans didn’t do very well this year mainly due to rainy weather making the scab disease worse. One thing that may help some is proper pruning, to allow light penetration and more air movement. Pruning lower branches so that equipment can move freely is also important.

We are rapidly approaching the dormant season for pecans and that means pruning time.

Here’s Richard Spooner doing some pruning on some young pecan trees. There are before and after shots.

Here’s a link to a UGA publication on pecans.

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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.

Thousands of acres of pecan trees were planted in southwest Georgia between 1910 and 1925. 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 144,000 acres planted to pecans. An early harvest date compared to other areas of the nation which produce pecans often results in good prices for Georgia pecan growers who produced $233,941,290 in farm gate value during 2010.



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