Guymon Daily Herald

OSU to host pecan pest management workshop


Consumers may think about pecans when they’re ready to make a pecan pie or other tasty treat, but this nut is always on the minds of producers in the pecan industry.

Oklahoma pecan producers will focus on pest control in the orchard at the 2023 Pecan Pest Management Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center, 1 John C. Bruton Dr., in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Registrati­on is free but required by Feb. 17.

“Oklahoma ranks second in native pecan production and fifth in overall production, so this is an important agricultur­al crop,” said Becky Carroll, Oklahoma State University Extension associate specialist for fruits and pecans. “With increased prices for management inputs, such as pesticides and fertilizer­s, producers are looking for ways to better manage their crops and increase profitabil­ity.”

Using Integrated Pest Management methods of scouting and monitoring for pests, producers can better target pest management or eliminate sprays when not needed. Carroll said it’s beneficial for producers to know what’s going on in the orchard or grove and how to identify these issues before they become big problems and affect profit margins.

“This workshop, led by OSU and industry specialist­s, will demonstrat­e pest management methods, discover potential new products and learn effective ways to use them when needed,” she said.

Continuing education units are available in categories 1A and 10 for private pesticide applicator­s. Licensees should have their applicator number available when signing in at the workshop.

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