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Eastern Pecan Growers Meet in Alabama

Pecan growers from across the southern US converged on the beaches of Alabama last weekend to hold the 115th annual convention & trade show. 


The southeastern pecan growers association (SEPGA) held its 115th annual convention in Gulf shores, Alabama to update and educate growers on various topics of interest in the pecan industry. 


Meetings kicked off Friday morning with golf tournament and a fishing tournament in the afternoon. The evening finished up with a fundraising raffle and auction at the hotel before heading out for some local entertainment. 


Saturday started off with APC/APPB panel discussions explaining ongoing work and future projects. Growers also had time for Q&A at the end. 


Dr. Jennifer Randall from New Mexico State University discussed ongoing work being done in Pecan Genetics in the morning, Dr. Foschee from Auburn University discussed weed control in the orchard and Dr. Slusher with the USDA discussed methods for controlling ambrosia beetles in young pecan trees. 


The awards luncheon gave growers a chance to rest and eat dinner while SEPGA members recognized various pecan industry participants for their efforts and continued service to our great industry.


The afternoon sessions continued discussions about hedging and insect impacts, spray coverage and management strategies and ended with Dr. Wells discussing pecan economics in the southeastern US.