Bob and I attended a very interesting workshop this week where we learned some new things about growing pecans. You have probably always heard and if you have pecan trees experienced the alternate bearing challenge of pecan trees...large crop of pecans followed next year by little to no crop. The research continues in this area and many past theories are being ruled out with the most research now going into the effects of Hormones. As a woman, I don't think you can underestimate hormones. So we shall see where this research takes us.
This workshop was directed at improved varieties and the success that has been shown in fruit thinning in heavy crop years. Thinning increased nut quality, kernel grade and nut weight. This is done when the kernel is 50% to 100% expanded and in the water stage. Now this is what we learned, you are to cut a pecan length wise to check the water stage because that is the only way you can see the kernel expansion.
So the bottom line is Pecan Crop load management improves return bloom (next year's crop) thus reducing crop size variation from year to year. We watched a couple of different mechanical means to thin pecan trees. Another way that it can be done, is with a bamboo pole or event PCP pipe. So guess what, Bob and I are going the PCP pipe route. We don't have a small mechanical shaker that would be safe to use on the improved varieties because the trees are just so much smaller than our native pecan trees. We will let you know how it goes, but the video below shows how pecan trees are thinned.
By the way, we got .07 inch of rain this week. We need more and the weatherman is showing signs we might get some this week-end! Yea!
So remember: Pecans are rich in fiber which boosts the health of your heart, Pecans contain various nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that offer wonderful health benefits! EAT PECANS!