Monday, August 6, 2012

Drought induced nut drop

   With the deepening drought, we are starting to see some nut damage (photo at right).  The shucks of drought-damaged nuts develop brown patches, especially towards the apex of the nut. Inside the nut, tissues have turned uniformly brown as the nut appears to be cooked by a lack of water and high temperatures. 
    Once a nut becomes damaged by lack of water, there is no cure, the nut will eventually fall from the tree. For those of us without the ability to irrigate our pecan crop, we can only hope significant rainfall is on the way and additional drought damage can be avoided.