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Pecan production workshop geared for beginning farmers

By KENZIE  KESSELRING
University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

TIFTON — In response to a growing number of pecan acreage across Georgia, the University of Georgia (UGA) hosts a pecan production workshop for farmers just getting into the business. UGA Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells wants to help growers get all of the information they need at the workshop, to be held April 11.
“The main thing we are trying to do is meet the demand we’ve had for the information,” Wells said.
The free workshop is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. in the old auditorium at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. It will last until 4 p.m. There will be snacks and a meal provided.
The workshop will cover the growth of different varieties, best irrigation and fertility practices, and information about the planning and equipment needed to grow pecans.
A similar workshop was held in 2012, and it was well received. Wells hopes to see similar results again this year.
“We do hope that we can reach people new to the pecan business,” said Wells. “The pecan production workshop is for people who are new to pecans, those who feel like they need more information and for people who might be interested in growing pecans in the future.”
Farmers interested in attending should call Debbie Rutland at 229-386-3424 to reserve their space at the workshop.

Kenzie Kesselring is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.