ARDMORE, Okla. — Pecans have traditionally been thought of as a holiday treat or pie filling, but agricultural producers are increasingly looking at this wonder nut as an investment. Many are planting pecans today, hoping to grow a brighter financial future.
To provide this timely information, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Pecan 101 Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, located at 2610 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore, Oklahoma.
During the workshop, Noble Foundation consultants will detail the fundamental steps of initiating a new pecan enterprise. Participants will learn about pecan production; nutrition, pest and crop load management; harvest and post-harvest handling; and the economics of pecans. Noble Foundation horticulturists will also provide an overview of the pecan industry in the U.S. and the world.
"Successful pecan management requires a broad base of knowledge, and this workshop helps lay the groundwork for those who are contemplating starting their own enterprise," said Charles Rohla, Ph.D., assistant professor and Noble Foundation pecan specialist. "A review of these fundamentals can also help agricultural producers who have pecans on their property better use this valuable resource."
This workshop is open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, please visit www.noble.org/agevents or contact Jackie Kelley at 580.224.6360.