March 20, 2014 Central Texas Pecan Field Day Set For April 19
If you have one pecan tree in the backyard or 1,000 trees, you will benefit by attending the Central Texas Pecan Field Day on Saturday, April 19 at Georgetown Pecan Co. located at 1300 CR 150 in Georgetown. The all-day event begins with registration at 8 a.m. and includes speakers, lunch, a grafting workshop and vendors. Deadline to pre-register is 5 p.m. on April 16 and the fee is $20.
The first speaker will be Bill Ree. He directs the statewide pecan IPM program focusing on development and delivery of pecan IPM information to help pecan growers manage pests in an economically effective and least environmentally disruptive manner. His work has included all important insect pests of pecans in the southern and southwestern US, insect and disease complexes, new invasive pests of pecan and changes in pecan pest status.
Next up will be Monte Nesbitt. He is an Extension Program Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulture with 25 years of professional experience. Nesbitt has been with A&M AgriLife Extension since 2009 with responsibilities to develop and deliver educational programming throughout the state of Texas on pecans, temperate fruits and citrus. He also conducts research on fruits and nuts in the areas of water management, propagation, freeze protection and variety performance and will address orchard management issues including varieties, water quality, irrigation and fertilization.
Before lunch we will also heard from Dr. Marco Palma. Palma is Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in the Agricultural Economics Department, with Extension. Dr. Palma’s responsibilities involve statewide leadership and coordination for extension educational programs and applied research in Horticultural Marketing by providing technical expertise and educational program development for industry audiences, such as producers, packers, and shippers, wholesale and retail trade. His insights on markets and marketing will be especially useful new producers.
After the lunch, we have the opportunity to hear about the Perz orchard and see the trees.
The final event of the field day is the grafting workshop presented by Nolin Werchan. Werchan is local pecan grower and long-time pecan committee member. Werchan’s interest in pecan trees and their care began in the mid-60s. He and his family planted their orchard in 1968 consisting of native seedling trees. Three years later he began grafting the orchard with improved varieties. Along with grafting his orchard he also provided custom grafting services. He obtained his grafting skills from fellow pecan growers who mentored him.
Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be provided for licensed pesticide applicators. The will include one integrated pest management CEU and one general CEU.
Pre-registration is required to ensure each participant a lunch. The $20 registration fee is due by 5 p.m. on April 16 at the Williamson county Extension office located at 3151 SE Inner Loope, Suite A, Georgetown.
For more information contact the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300.