Pecan harvest is going strong now. Many groves are producing well right now. Earlier this year, we saw some Pawnee that did not open up where other varieties did. Recent reports are that Stuarts in certain groves did not open well, but other varieties are fine. Much of what is common now is that size is there but kernels are not filling out, affecting quality. This can happen for a few reasons, but one more particular this season. UGA Extension Pecan Horticulturalist Dr. Lenny Wells says when we have a good crop set – apart from other issues – the trees still have a hard time filling out. This is true for this season in addition to late season stress. We had some cloudy weather in late September combined with insect pressure that is adding to the issue. This late season stress is likely affecting later varieties as well. Still many good reports on yield from the field as harvest continues.
Pecan Harvest Update
Filed under Entomology, Pecans