Welcome to the Louisiana Pecan Growers Association
The Annual Tri-State Convention is fast approaching so make plans now to ensure you do not miss any of the great presentations being provided this year. We are excited about this year’s convention and are expecting a record turnout! The orchard tour this year will be at Woodside Pecan Farms. Managed by Clay Robertson, these orchards are a short drive south of Alexandria just off Louisiana Highway 1.
We will begin on Thursday, June 16, at 10am for registration followed by the tour program. There will be a picnic lunch in the orchard before we move to the convention center for the afternoon activities.There will be ample time in the afternoon for members to visit the exhibitors’ booths before and after the individual state business meetings. Then at 6pm the Exhibit Hall will be the setting for the Exhibitors’ Reception, with cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
On Friday we will have presentations by pecan scientists and growers. Lunch on Friday will be provided, and the convention will end with the traditional Ben Littlepage Pecan Guesstimate around mid-afternoon.
Register now to save $30! It’s also a good time to renew your membership in APGA, LPGA, or MPGA. Members receive discounted rates on registration and pecan magazine subscriptions.
It is highly recommended to contact your local Ag extension agent to find out when the GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) seminar will be presented in your area.
Please contact us with any questions, helpful information or suggestions for future field days, conventions, or online video requests. With our reduction in state resources it is important for our organization to be as efficient as possible. Our association is well suited for the home owner with 5 trees in his or her backyard and the large scale commercial farm. We are constantly looking to expand and grow our organization within the pecan industry.
Did You Know?
Pecans are the highest in antioxidants of all tree nuts !!
A laboratory analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that pecans were ranked among the top 20 foods for antioxidants capacity.
Pecans were found to be higher in antioxidants than almonds or walnuts.
Research has found they help lower blood pressure
Rich source of oleic acid (the same type as found in olive oil)
Help get cholesterol lower
Help with Prostate Health
Help with weight control
Ask The Experts
What important area of our pecan orchard should we be working on at this time of year?
1. Pruning pecan trees
2. Planting new trees
3. Cutting and storing graft wood
4. Preparing equipment for the Spring & Summer Season
1.Pruning Pecan Trees
With the storms that pass through Louisiana many older trees still have broken or dead limbs within the tree. These limbs must be taken out so that decay will not spread throughout the tree and weaken the tree or kill it. Cutting the broken limbs will also promote new growth, which also provides increased production.
In young orchards it is important to prune your trees for proper growth. You want a central limb to provide strong structure to your tree. Also cut very low limbs that may be damaged when mobbing or spraying herbicides. It is very important that young trees are managed during their early growing stages.
2.Planting New Trees
The time to plant trees is from late October-March. It is best to plant the tree when it is dormant. If you are planting a bucket tree, make sure that the tree is well watered prior to taking it out of the bucket for planting. Dig your hole, fill with water and place the tree into the hole no lower than the top of the dirt on the tree. Planting too deep will kill the tree. Place the remaining dirt around the tree and pack it well to remove any air remaining in the hole.
3. Cutting and Storing Graft Wood (Scion Wood)
The main thing when cutting scion wood is to only cut one variety at a time in order not to mix up your selection. When choosing wood to cut from the tree you want only prior year growth. It is easy to identify this growth by the color of the bark. The new growth will be much lighter in color and has not hardened. Cut the size stick you most like to use and make sure that it has at least three buds on the wood. Place the wood in a storage bag, not a freezer bag with a very little water and cedar chips and store in a refrigerator at between 34 to 38 degrees.
4. Preparing Equipment for Spring and Summer
Now is the time to check your sprayer and equipment used during the growing season. Before we know it the tree will begin to bud and the insects and scab will soon follow. Usually the first insect spray will be late March or early April and first fungicide spray will be a few weeks later.