Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Mid-summer tree shaking to improve kernel quality
We wait until full water stage to thin the crop because the nuts are only now heavy enough to fall when the tree is shaken.
The one thing you can't do while summer tree shaking is look at all the nuts on the ground. The typical human response to an orchard floor covered in green nuts is to start thinking about lost nut production. However, shaking off nuts in August actually means that you'll see far fewer poorly filled nuts blowing out of the pecan cleaner after harvest.