Published on 08/08/19

UGA Extension plans pecan growers field day for Aug. 28 in Appling County

By Chad Cain

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host the Southeast Georgia Pecan Field Day in Baxley, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

UGA’s Southeast Georgia Pecan Field Day will cover the different aspects of pecan production and help local pecan growers identify problems and come up with solutions. The event is free and open to the public.

"This field day is a chance for growers in this area to get together, to learn from the specialists and to learn about some of the research we're doing, as well as socializing and getting the chance to see what other growers are doing," said Shane Curry, UGA Extension agent for Appling County.

The field day will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, starting with equipment viewing and registration. Companies including Savage, Flint Ag and Turf, Chemical Containers and more will display equipment used for pecan production and harvesting, and industry representatives who manufacture and sell these products will be on hand to talk with participants. The welcome and introduction to the program will start at 9 a.m., to be followed by the orchard tour. The field day will end with a free lunch for all participants.

UGA Tifton campus agricultural engineer Glen Rains will demonstrate proper sprayer setup for tree coverage, an important topic for controlling scab disease, Curry said.

“Our whole spray program is centered around controlling pecan scab, but if you’re not getting the correct coverage, it doesn’t matter what product you use — it won’t work very well,” he added.

Experts will also cover topics including young tree care, irrigation, soil moisture sensors, herbicides and insect control methods.

Last year's field day attracted more than 300 people from 31 counties and three states. Curry hopes that research, education and programs like this one can help local growers stay productive and in business for the long term by helping them make good economic decisions for their farms.

Parker Brothers Farm is hosting the event at 334 Veal Camp Road in Baxley, 5 miles northeast of Ten Mile Road. There will be signs directing participants to the farm.

For more information, call the Appling County Extension office at 912-367-8130. Participants are asked to call and register for the free event by Aug. 23.

Chad Cain is a student writer for the CAES Office of Communications and Creative Services.

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