Arkansas Pecans: 3-County Production Workshop, Beebe, March 12

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    Pecans, native to Arkansas, are one of the most desired tree nuts in the world.

    Those interested in learning the basics of pecan production can attend a March 12 pecan production meeting hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

    The workshop, hosted jointly by the Lonoke, Prairie and White County offices of the Cooperative Extension Service, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at ASU Beebe Farm, 1403 W. Center St. in Beebe, Arkansas.

    Extension experts will teach site selection, soil sampling and fertility and discuss cross pollination, spacing and pruning. Attendees also will learn about orchard management, marketing and protecting their pecans from insects and diseases.

    “The workshop is perfect for new producers or for those who need a refresher course,” Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension staff chair, said.

    The workshop cost is $20 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required before March 2 can be completed online here. Registration and payment also can also be mailed to the Prairie County Depository, P.O. Box 388, DeValls Bluff, AR 72041.

    The agenda:

    • 10 a.m. — Pecan production (site selection, soil sampling and fertility) — Brent Griffin, Prairie County extension staff chair
    • 10:35 a.m. — Training young trees (varieties, cross pollination, spacing and pruning) — Max Coffin, Lonoke County extension agent – agriculture
    • 11:10-11:30 a.m. — Break
    • 11:20 a.m. — Protecting your pecans: Insects (identification, trapping, products, spray program and timing) — Amy Tallent, Prairie County extension agent – agriculture
    • 11:40 a.m.  — Protecting your pecans: diseases (identification, sanitation, products, spray program and timing) — Jan Yingling, White County extension agent – agriculture
    • 12:20-12:50 p.m. — Lunch
    • 12:50 — Pecan production principles (irrigation, weeds, harvest) — Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension staff chair
    • 1:25 p.m. — Pecan Orchard Management and Marketing (yield potential, petiole sampling and markets) — Sherri Sanders, White County extension agent-agriculture

    For more information about the workshop, contact Keith Perkins at 501-676-3124 or

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