|Sonja raking sticks off the orchard floor|
While shaking our trees, I started thinking about area farmers that have spent most of harvest season complaining about a lack of nuts in their groves. One guy even argued that the cold temperatures we had last February (-17 F) were the reason he didn't have a crop. But when confronted by the fact that the Experiment Field was producing nuts in 2011, he simply stated that a dome of warm temperatures protected the trees just east of Chetopa. Talk about hot air!
|Darrell harvesting pecans|
Pesticides are another major input for pecan producers. This year we invested $42.63/acre in insecticides and fungicides. We sprayed for casebearer and scab in June, stinkbug and weevil in August, and weevil in September. This year's dry summer helped prevent the spread of pecan scab. As a result, our fungicide applications were kept to a bare minimum and we were able to save a little money.