2018 Western Pecan Production Short Course

Tentative Agenda


Monday, October 15

7:00 - 9:00 AM | Registration Desk

8:00 - 8:30 AM | Pecan Industry Overview

Joshua Sherman
University of Arizona

8:30 - 9:15 AM | Introduction to the Pecan Tree

Jennifer Randall
New Mexico State University

9:15 - 10:15 AM | The Basics of Pecan Tree Physiology

Rolston St. Hilaire
New Mexico State University

10:15 - 10:30 AM | Break for Refreshments

10:30 - 11:30 AM | Cost of Establishing a Pecan Orchard and Growing Pecans

Jay Lillywhite
New Mexico State University

11:30 - 12:00 PM | The Federal Marketing Order for Pecans

Alex Ott
American Pecan Council

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

Tom Dean
Brief Introduction of Food Safety and Security

1:00 - 2:00 PM | Orchard Design and Planting

Richard Heerema
New Mexico State University

2:00 - 3:00 PM | Orchard Soils, Site Selection & Pre-Plant Soil Modification

Robert Flynn
New Mexico State University

3:00 - 3:30 PM | Pecan Rootstocks

Jennifer Randall
New Mexico State University

3:30 - 3:45 PM | Break for Refreshments

3:45 - 4:45 PM | Pecan Cultivars

Richard Heerema
New Mexico State University

4:45 - 5:15 PM | "Cloning" and the Future of Pecan Genetics

Jennifer Randall
New Mexico State University

5:15 - 6:15 PM | Marketing and Marketing Channels for Pecans

Jay Lillywhite
New Mexico State University


Tuesday, October 16

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Climate Considerations for Pecan Orchards

Paul Brown
University of Arizona

9:00 - 10:00 AM | Soil Sampling & Salinity

James Walworth
University of Arizona

10:00 - 10:15 AM | Break for Refreshments

10:15 - 11:15 AM | Mineral Nutrition & Fertilizers

James Walworth
University of Arizona

11:15 - 12:15 PM | Irrigation Systems

Blair Stringam
New Mexico State University

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

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Irrigation Scheduling

Richard Heerema
New Mexico State University

2:30 - 3:30 PM | Training Young Orchards

Joshua Sherman
University of Arizona

3:30 - 3:45 PM | Break for Refreshments

3:45 - 4:45 PM | Pruning Mature Orchards

Richard Heerema
New Mexico State University

4:45 - 5:45 PM | Propagation: Grafting & Budding

Joshua Sherman
University of Arizona


Wednesday, October 17

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Arthropods? Secondary Pests & Some Beneficials

Carol Sutherland
New Mexico State University

9:00 - 9:30 AM | Managing Pesticide Resistance

Leslie Beck
New Mexico State University

9:30 - 10:30 AM | Pecan Nut Casebearer

Brad Lewis
New Mexico State University

10:30 - 10:45 AM | Break for Refreshments

10:45 - 11:15 AM | Pecan Weevil

Brad Lewis
New Mexico State University

11:15 - 12:15 PM | Nutritional Components of Pecan Kernels and Human Health

Ron Pegg
University of Georgia

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

1:15 - 2:15 PM | Pecan Aphids

Brad Lewis
New Mexico State University

2:15 - 3:15 PM | Pecan Diseases and Nematodes

Josh Sherman, Jennifer Randall, and Richard Heerema
University of Arizona & New Mexico State University

3:15 - 3:30 PM | Break for Refreshments

3:30 - 4:30 PM | Orchard Weed Management

William McCloskey
University of Arizona

4:30 - 5:30 PM | Vertebrate Pests

Samuel Smallidge
New Mexico State University


Thursday, October 18

6:30 AM | Load Bus for Field Trip to Pecan Farms in SW New Mexico/SE Arizona

Lunch and refreshments (provided)
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Laurie Novak by 10/1/18 at 575-646-1715.

New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating.