The 23rd North Carolina Pecan Growers Annual Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 18, at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center in Lumberton NC. Included in the latest newsletter is the pre-registration form.
To get the pre-registration rate please return this form and your membership renewal before the listed deadline. Pre-registration helps us to begin the workshop on time and makes your wait much shorter when you check in.
A membership renewal form is also included. We must have this form annually, even if you are renewing to assure all information is up to date. The membership remains at $50 annually, which includes two magazine subscriptions at a discounted rate for members and NCPGA correspondence.
Dr. Mike Parker is planning a great agenda and orchard visit for us and we hope you will decide to attend. More informa-tion will be sent out when available.
I talked to Dr. Steve Frank, an Entomologist working on Ambrosia Beetles, today on the injury and pest pressure many growers are facing from Ambrosia Beetles. Below I have included the link to 2 articles that he has written to help mange this pest through trapping and control measures, products and timing. As a Horticulturist, I will try my best to briefly summarize our discussion. From their research, unstressed trees are unlikely to be affected by Ambrosia Beetles.
If that is the case, why are we seeing significant damage in some areas this year? Stress!
One of the leading issues they see creating stress in nurseries preceding damage is water saturated soils or winter damaged trees. We also discussed the frost/freeze damage this year where new growth had emerged and was killed by the frost which would release "scents" that the insects could key in on as an indicator of plant stress. So in orchards where damage is being seen, I would suggest evaluating the situation to identify sources of stress. Although nothing can be done for the already damaged trees, it is critical to minimize stress going forward to prevent future damage.
Hope this helps to clarify the issue a bit and provide information on managing this pest from the expert!
Dr. Mike Parker
The link to the Ambrosia Beetle articles can be found at: