This pecan growing season is moving right along. Mark has just finished applying our third scab spray. The amount of damage caused by pecan scab varies according to each growing season and cultivar. Pecan scab is our most costly expense during most growing seasons since our orchard is over 50% of Desirable cultivar and Desirable is not resistant to scab. Pecan scab thrives in moist humid conditions and if not controlled both pecan yield and pecan quality are affected. Louisiana is well known for humid conditions. Stuart and Elliott cultivars are somewhat scab resistant which is a blessing. New plantings of Sumner cultivar are scab resistant also.
Within the next couple of weeks it will be time to spray for Second Generation Pecan Casebearer…always something to monitor and do at this nut farm to bring you great quality pecans…must be why we tend to all be NUTS around here!!!