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Feb. 3, 2020

Three-county workshop teaches pecan production basics

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

 Fast Facts

  • Statewide pecan production workshop March 12 at ASU Beebe Farm
  • Workshop covers production principles of training young trees, orchard management and protecting from insects and disease
  • Pre-register before March 2nd here

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LITTLE ROCK — Pecans, native to Arkansas, are one of the most desired tree nuts in the world.

Arkansas Pecans

Those interested in learning the basics of pecan production can attend a March 12 pecan production meeting hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The workshop, hosted jointly by the Lonoke, Prairie and White County offices of the Cooperative Extension Service, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at ASU Beebe Farm, 1403 W. Center St. in Beebe, Arkansas.

Extension experts will teach site selection, soil sampling and fertility and discuss cross pollination, spacing and pruning. Attendees also will learn about orchard management, marketing and protecting their pecans from insects and diseases. 

 “The workshop is perfect for new producers or for those who need a refresher course,” Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension staff chair, said.

The workshop cost is $20 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required before March 2 can be completed online at https://uaex.formstack.com/forms/pecan_production. Registration and payment can also be mailed to the Prairie County Depository, P.O. Box 388, DeValls Bluff, AR 72041.

The agenda:

  • 10 a.m. — Pecan production (site selection, soil sampling and fertility) — Brent Griffin, Prairie County extension staff chair
  • 10:35 a.m. — Training young trees (varieties, cross pollination, spacing and pruning) — Max Coffin, Lonoke County extension agent – agriculture
  • 11:10-11:30 a.m. — Break
  • 11:20 a.m. — Protecting your pecans: Insects (identification, trapping, products, spray program and timing) — Amy Tallent, Prairie County extension agent - agriculture
  • 11:40 a.m.  — Protecting your pecans: diseases (identification, sanitation, products, spray program and timing) — Jan Yingling, White County extension agent - agriculture
  • 12:20-12:50 p.m. — Lunch
  • 12:50 p.m. — Pecan production principles (irrigation, weeds, harvest) — Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension staff chair
  • 1:25 p.m. — Pecan Orchard Management and Marketing (yield potential, petiole sampling and markets) — Sherri Sanders, White County extension agent - agriculture

For more information about the workshop, contact Keith Perkins at 501-676-3124 or kperkins@uaex.edu. To learn more about commercial horticulture, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.

 About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact Keith Perkins at 501-676-3124 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Tracy Courage
Director of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
tcourage@uaex.edu

 

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