Summertime is truly here…hot and humid! Mark has just completed our fourth scab spray of the Natchitoches Pecans’ 2013 pecan growing season. An insecticide was included in this fourth spray as well to control second generation pecan casebearer moths. There are always limbs to picked up in a pecan orchard so our crew tidies up the orchard floor every few weeks. Our pecan orchard has gotten a couple of nice rains the past month. With the nuts beginning to size up the orchard will need some substantial rains in the near future to ensure big full pecans come pecan harvest time.
Mark attended the annual Tri-State Pecan Conference in Vicksburg, Mississippi in late June. He got to catch up with his pecan buddies as well as tour Raymond Smith’s pecan orchard that is currently being leased and renovated by Bill and Matt Goff. The meeting has always been concluded with the “Official Ben Littlepage Pecan Crop Guesstimate”. This year’s Littlepage prediction was 222 million pounds for the United States, which would be the shortest crop since 2008. One thing we have learned through our 28 years in this “nutty pecan business” is that a short crop tends to get shorter while a large crop tends to get bigger – Best to not count yo pecans till you get them in the sack and sold! All for now….gotta get back to the pecan orchard to watch those nuts grow!!!