Monday, June 11, 2012

Pecan Nut Casebearer: June 11 report

    Looking for pecan nut casebearer damage this year has proved only one thing--we have a great nut set and very few casebearer larvae (photo at right). The final tally for this year's casebearer population at the Pecan Experiment Field was 3% damaged nut clusters. The population of casebearer was so low it didn't even provide a good level of nut thinning.
    With a heavy nut set this year, we are in desperate need for some decent rainfall. Dry weather in June and July will make for small nut size. Continued drought into August and September means poor nut fill. Lets hope we don't repeat last years dry conditions.