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Harvesting Pecans - Shakin' the Nuts from the Trees


Well, it's pecan harvest time and we have to find some way to get those stupid pecans out of the hulls and into the freezer. Seems like there has to be an easier way to do it rather than knocking them off with an old pole.

(shaking the pecan tree)

I guess that got all of the nuts out of the tree. You know what, you go through all that trouble to get those pecans off the tree, and you're still not assured of a good crop because we've had sort of a dry year this year and a lot of the meats are shrucken, not filled out completely and kind of shriveled at the end. That has a lot to do with the water that we've had. Then we've had some disease problems called sticky shuck, which actually makes the outside green covering stick to the pecan and won't come off of it. Then we also had some stinkbug damage which caused little black bitter spots all over the pecans. So if you hadn't got a really good quality pecan crop you need to check with your commercial producers who did all the watering and all the taking care of the bugs like they should so we can have some great pecans for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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