Mar 10, 2020

Hosted by Noble Research Institute

Level 4: Master


General Overview

Managing pecan trees for consistent production and high quality nuts is key to a successful pecan operation. Pecan trees are a masting species, which means they produce a large crop in one year and a low to no crop in the following year. To produce a crop of high quality nuts each year, it is important to manage in ways that lessen the effects of the crop load.

Hedging trees has been a strategy used in the Western growing region for years. Hedging removes a portion of the fruiting wood from the tree, allowing only non-hedge portions to set a fruit. This lessens crop stress on the tree, increasing nut quality and ensuring return bloom on the hedged portion of the tree in the following year.

Join Noble Research Institute pecan specialists as they review strategies for hedging pecan trees and discuss management practices to maintain high quality pecans on a more consistent basis.

What You Will Learn:
  • How to determine when to hedge your pecan trees

  • How utilization of hedging compares to tree removal

  • How to use different types of hedging equipment (through demonstration)

  • The economics of hedging

How You Will Learn:
  • Hands-on demonstration, weather-permitting

  • In-field discussion

  • Q&A

Who Should Attend:
  • Improved cultivar pecan producers who want to learn about hedging techniques and methods for controlling tree size and alternate bearing

What You Should Bring:
  • Weather-appropriate outdoor attire

  • Montz Pecan Farm

Guest Speaker:
  • Jake Montz, Montz Pecan Farm

Hosted by Noble Research Institute

Level 3: Advanced


General Overview

A major part of any pecan orchard management is the utilization of pesticides. The success of the orchard is dependent on the proper selection and application of pesticides. This includes your economic and efficacy considerations. This course will help you improve your pesticide management plan to increase the economic viability of your orchard.

What You Will Learn:
  • The pitfalls of chemical management using pesticides

  • How to develop a chemical management plan

  • Economic viability of different pesticides

How You Will Learn:
  • Seminar presentations

  • Classroom discussion

  • Q&A

Who Should Attend:
  • Experienced pecan producers who want to improve their pest management

What You Should Bring:
  • Your pest management plan or a current list of the pesticides you have been using

Related Courses:
  • Demonstrating Irrigation Systems for Specialty Crops

  • Improving Pecan Profitability Through Marketing Strategies

  • Introduction to Land Stewardship

  • How to Establish a Pecan Orchard

Guest Speaker(s):
  • Phil Mulder, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Entomology, Oklahoma State University

  • Mike Smith, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University

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