2016 Western Pecan Production
Short Course

Final Agenda

Monday, October 17th

7:00 - 9:00 Registration Desk

8:00 - 8:30 Overview of the Pecan Industry

Mr. Joshua Sherman
Area Horticulture Agent
University of Arizona

8:30 - 9:00 Introduction of the Pecan Tree

Dr. Richard Heerema
Extension Pecan Specialist
New Mexico State University

9:00 - 10:00 The Basics of Pecan Tree Physiology

Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire
Horticulturist/Tree Physiologist
New Mexico State University

10:00 - 10:15 Break for Morning Refreshments

10:15 - 11:15 Orchard Floor Weed Management

Dr. Bill McCloskey
Extension Weed Specialist
University of Arizona

11:15 - 12:15 Orchard Soils, Site Selection, and Site Modification

Dr. Robert Flynn
Extension Agronomist
New Mexico State University, Artesia Agricultural Science Center

12:15 - 1:15 Break for Lunch (provided)

1:15-2:15 Orchard Design and Planting

Dr. Richard Heerema

2:15 - 3:00 Pecan Cultivars & Rootstocks

Dr. Richard Heerema

3:00 - 3:30 The Future of Pecan Genetics

Dr. Jennifer Randall
Research Associate Professor
New Mexico State University

3:30 - 3:45 Break for Afternoon Refreshments

3:45 - 4:45 Training & Pruning Pecan Orchards

Dr. Richard Heerema

4:45 - 5:15 Diseases of Pecan Trees

Dr. Natalie Goldberg
Extension Plant Pathologist
New Mexico State University

5:15 - 6:00 Costs of Pecan Production

Dr. Jay Lillywhite
Agricultural Economist
New Mexico State University

6:00 - 6:30 Propagation: Grafting & Budding

Dr. Richard Heerema

Tuesday, October 18th

8:00 - 9:00 Mineral Nutrition, Leaf Tissue Sampling, & Fertilizers

Dr. Jim Walworth
Extension Soils Specialist
University of Arizona

9:00 - 10:00 Soil Sampling & Salinity

Dr. Jim Walworth

10:00 - 10:15 Break for Morning Refreshments

10:15 - 11:15 Irrigation Systems

Dr. Blair Stringam
Irrigation Engineer
New Mexico State University

11:15 - 12:00 Irrigation Scheduling

Dr. Richard Heerema

12:00 - 1:00 Break for Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 1:30 Climate Considerations for Pecan Orchards

Dr. Paul Brown
Extension Meteorologist
University of Arizona

1:30 - 2:30 Pecan Aphids

Mr. Brad Lewis
Research Entomologist
New Mexico State University

2:30 - 3:30 Secondary Arthropod Pests & Beneficial Insects

Dr. Carol Sutherland
Extension Entomologist
New Mexico State University

3:30 - 3:45 Break for Afternoon Refreshments

3:45 - 4:45 Pecan Nut Casebearer

Mr. Brad Lewis

4:45 - 5:45 Nutritional Components of Pecan Kernals and Human Health

Dr. Ron Pegg
Food Scientist
University of Georgia

5:45 - 6:30 Marketing and Marketing Channels for Pecans

Mr. Jason New
Marketing Specialist
New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, October 19th

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Load vehicles for field trip to local pecan industry sites & NMSU Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center.

  • Tour will include presentations about weeds & weed identification by Dr. Leslie Beck, vertebrate pest management by Dr. Sam Smallidge, irrigation scheduling by Dr. Richard Heerema, and tissue sample collection by Mr. Jason French.
  • Refreshments & lunch provided

5 p.m. - Arrive back at Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum