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Upcoming Workshop Focuses on Pecan Management

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:18:16 CST

Upcoming Workshop Focuses on Pecan Management
Pecans have traditionally been thought of as a holiday treat or pie filling, but agricultural producers look at this wonder nut as an investment. Many are planting pecans today, hoping to grow a brighter financial future.

To provide advanced management information for those with pecan orchards, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Pecan 201 Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, located at 2610 Sam Noble Pkwy., Ardmore, Okla.

This workshop will build off the Pecan 101 Workshop hosted in August 2013. During the upcoming meeting, Noble Foundation consultants will discuss, in depth, management techniques on pest control, fertilization and crop load.

"Successful pecan management requires a thorough knowledge of a variety of key issues," said Charles Rohla, Ph.D., assistant professor and Noble Foundation pecan specialist. "This workshop will move beyond fundamentals and offer a detailed look at these areas to help agricultural producers who have pecan orchards better use this valuable resource."

This workshop is open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Registration fee is $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, please visit www.noble.org/agevents or contact Jackie Kelley at 580.224.6360.

Pecan Fast Facts

-- With a combined 320,000 acres of orchards in production, Oklahoma and Texas are two of the five leading pecan producing states in the United States, and more orchards are being planted every year. -

-- Statistics from 2012 (the most recent numbers available) show the U.S. pecan crop totaled 302.8 million pounds, a 12 percent increase from 2011. Oklahoma produced 25 million of the total pounds and was the only state to have an increase in the value of pecan production, from $11.4 million in 2011 to $24.7 million in 2012.

-- Pecans are expected to continue to rank among the top three most popular nuts consumed in the U.S. Total 2012 U.S. pecan exports were valued at $486 million. The top importer was China, which purchased approximately 35 percent of U.S. pecan exports.



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