…Pecan nut trees will start bearing from around year five when it is also time to start manipulating the tree through correct pruning regimes. Even a young two-year old tree starts to receive basic pruning attention. As the tree ages so the pruning is intensified. Pecans have a long productive life and in the USA there are orchards that are still producing nuts after 300 years!
Farm Manager Grant Oates, explained that managing the different cultivars in one orchard requires precision management. To the layman, the trees all look alike but to Grant and his team the colour painted on the stem tells them which cultivar it is. This helps when harvesting and making management decisions affecting each tree and cultivar.
Oates explained that two unusual challenges they face are ants getting into the pipelines and porcupines which dig them up…
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