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OSU's pecan management course open to new and seasoned growers

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Whether you are a seasoned grower, new to the industry, or simply wanting information about it, the 2013 Fundamentals of Pecan Management course offered by Oklahoma State University will offer participants a wealth of research-based information.

The goal of the course is to provide an in-depth experience, both in the classroom and in the orchard, for current and prospective pecan growers, said Becky Carroll, OSU Cooperative Extension fruit and nut crop assistant specialist.

The class will meet one Tuesday per month beginning Feb. 26 through Oct. 22, with the exception of June. The meetings will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cimarron Valley Research Station near Perkins.

Registration fee of $250 per person is due by Feb. 13. For more information, contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404 or stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu. Participants may register online at http://orangehub.okstate.edu/ustores/web/index.jsp. Click on the Horticulture/Landscape store, and then select "Short Courses and Schools." Click on "2013 Fundamentals of Pecan Management."

"We will focus on the prioritization and practical application of major management practices according to the pecan growing season," Carroll said. "The topics scheduled for each session coincide with the pecan growing season, so that is an extra benefit to those who are already growing pecans."

The meetings will combine traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences, as well as an optional web-based study component.

"The pecan industry is big in Oklahoma and continues to have a positive impact throughout the state, especially on our economy," Carroll said. "We've offered this course for a number of years and participants indicate the information they receive is very beneficial to their operations."

There will be a number of industry professionals, as well as specialists from OSU, who will be on hand to share their expertise with the participants throughout the course.

Each of the monthly workshops will cover subjects dealing with pecan management during that particular part of the growing season. Topics covered throughout the course will include management overview, fertilization, planting bareroot trees, pesticide application, insect management, weed control, pecan cultivars, disease management, crop load estimates, nut thinning, preparation for harvest, equipment needs, orchard floor management, sanitation, marketing, harvest, quality evaluation and graftwood collection, just to name a few.

"Our goal is to provide participants with an in-depth experience, both in the classroom and the orchard, that will help them make the most of their production efforts," Carroll said.

Participants also may attend the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association meeting in Ardmore in lieu of the June workshop. The fee for attending this meeting is not included in the registration fee for the pecan management course.

Those who would like more information about the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association may visit the group's website at http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/pecan/opga.

Date: 2/11/2013



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