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2016 Pecan Market Prices & Harvest Update

We have some very good reports of pecan grades coming in from last week, at least in Pawnee’s and nuts which have been harvested. Click this link to check Current Pecan Market Price. You take the price per point and multiply by the kernel percentage to get price. They are updated throughout the season at this link. UGA Extension Pecan Specialist Dr. Lenny Wells gave us this update today:

The pecan harvest picked up momentum this week as many growers began harvesting Desirable, Stuart, and other mid-harvest season varieties. Desirables seem to be shaking out well while Stuart is probably not quite ready to really come out as we would like. I expect they won’t really shake well in most orchards for another couple of weeks. However, many growers with mid-November contracts are now under the gun and have to proceed and sacrifice a few green nuts to meet their contracts. Growers in East Georgia are still dealing with cleanup from the last storm and are trying to harvest around the debris in some cases. Prices remain very strong.

The most common question I have regards the drought throughout most of the state, not impacted by the Hurricane. Most of these areas have not seen rain since early September, and conditions are terribly dry. It makes for good harvest weather, but many growers are concerned about the tree’s water needs at this time. For mature trees, Continue irrigation at about 40% until shuck split is advanced enough to shake, then turn irrigation off 4-5 days prior to shaking to allow shucks to dry. My observation has been that this helps them to shake out better. After going over the orchard, turn water back on for about 6-8 hours a couple of times a week until we get a 1″ rain.

In many cases, hot weather like we are seeing puts some varieties that tend to spread out their shuck split, like Stuart, at risk for sprouting. So, that is a possibility under our current conditions.

Immature trees may benefit from irrigation once a week for 4-5 hours until rain arrives or until they lose their leaves. Don’t over-water young trees at this time of year because you don’t want to delay them going into dormancy and put them at a greater risk for cold damage when the cold weather arrives.

We do have a newly published extension bulletin on Pecan Water Requirements and Irrigation Scheduling. This is for mature trees only.

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UGA Cotton Market Update

Here is the most recent cotton marketing news from UGA Economist Dr. Don Shurley:

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UGA Cotton Market Update


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August 18, 2016 · 12:15 PM

Area Soybean / Crops Budget Meeting – March 24th

Extension will have an area meeting to cover soybean production and crop budgets in Cook County on Thursday, March 24th at 12:00 noon. The Cook County Extension Office is at 206 East 9th Street, Adel, GA 31620. If you would like to attend, RSVP to 229-896-7456.


UGA Disease Specialist Dr. Bob Kemerait,

UGA Soybean Entomologist Dr. Phillip Roberts,

UGA Economist Dr. Amanda Smith

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2016 UGA Crop Comparison Tool & Enterprise Budgets

Here is the 2016 Crop Comparison Tool and Row Crop Budgets from UGA Extension Economists Amanda Smith and Dr. Don Shurley. You can go to the link and download the comparison tool and customize expected yield and prices. The 2016 peanut, corn, grain sorghum, and soybean enterprise budgets are also complete.



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Peanut PLC Payments

Here are some more slide from UGA Extension Economist Dr. Nathan Smith on PLC Payments.


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Peanut Economic Outlook

Here are some slides by UGA Extension Economist Dr. Nathan Smith on our current peanut situation. Thanks to Seminole County Agent Rome Ethredge for organizing these slides for use.







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