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Welcome to the Backyard

The Noble Research Institute is building a backyard. Four, actually. Cars zip by the agricultural research institution's campus on Highway 199 east of Ardmore, Oklahoma, every day. Now, just before...

Cracking Pecan's Problems

One of the first Americans to appreciate the flavor of pecans was George Washington, who planted the stately trees on the lawns of Mount Vernon in 1775. Yet true cultivation of the nuts wouldn't...

How to Do a Perc Soil Test for Fruit and Pecan Production

A percolation (perc) test is a soil test used to determine the adsorption of water into the soil. The perc test is also very important in agriculture because soil drainage can affect production of crops, including fruits and pecans.

Using Traps as Part of Your Integrated Pest Management Plan

Find tips and resources for using traps to control pecan nut casebearer and hickory shuckworm in pecan orchards.

Honey bees play essential role as crop pollinators

Although widely popular for their honey, the bee's greatest contribution to agriculture is as a crop pollinator.

11 Things People Believe About Bees That Aren't True

Raising bees can be an extremely rewarding agricultural enterprise. Interest in beekeeping has increased drastically throughout much of the United States. Several factors have contributed to this...

Options for Controlling Pests Organically

Planting season is upon us, and it is time for growers to determine which pesticide management program best meets their needs. The trend for organic pest control has been increasing steadily over the...

Plan on Pruning Your Fruit Trees

Will Chaney, senior research association, discusses when and why you should prune fruit trees as well as different ways to train tree branch growth.

Pecan Management Calendar: February to April

Pecan growers should develop a plan for preparing for and addressing tasks throughout the year. Will Chaney, a senior research associate in pecan management systems, outlines activities for February, March and April.

How to Identify and Control Pecan Phylloxera

Pecan phylloxera is an insect that can cause significant damage if ignored or treated incorrectly in pecan orchards.

How to Start a Community Garden

Community gardens can provide solutions to a diverse range of unmet needs for communities focused on sustainable agriculture, at-risk youth, mental health and food insecurities.

How to Identify and Control Pecan Aphids

Three aphid species can prove problematic in pecans: black pecan aphids and two species grouped together in what is referred to as the yellow aphid complex, or simply yellow aphids.

Pecan Management Calendar: August to October

Pecan growers should develop a plan for preparing for and addressing tasks throughout the year. Will Chaney, a senior research associate in pecan management systems, outlines activities for August, September and October.

Pecan Management Calendar: November to January

From November to January, pecan producers should be continuing harvest and preparing for a new year in the orchard.

How to Do a Perc Soil Test for Fruit and Pecan Production

A percolation (perc) test is a soil test used to determine the adsorption of water into the soil. The perc test is also very important in agriculture because soil drainage can affect production of crops, including fruits and pecans.

Using Traps as Part of Your Integrated Pest Management Plan

Find tips and resources for using traps to control pecan nut casebearer and hickory shuckworm in pecan orchards.

Using a Chicken Moat to Grow Fruit, Vegetables and Raise Poultry

A chicken moat is an enclosure built around an area generally used for some form of fruit and vegetable production. The main purpose is to provide a barrier between your agriculture crops and predators, including insects, rabbits and deer.

How You Can Control the Pecan Weevil

Pecan growers risk economic losses if they don’t monitor and treat the most damaging insect pest: pecan weevil. Here are tips to do just that.

How to Recognize Grafted and Native Pecan Trees for Best Management of Your Orchard

Management needs differ among pecan cultivars. Management between natives and improved pecans can differ dramatically as well.

Plan Your Pecan Spray Schedule Before the Season

In a commercial pecan orchard setting, it is important to have a spray schedule planned before the season starts. Chemicals can be a costly input into your operation; more planning up front will save you time and money during the season.

Pecan Production Information: Online Resources for Growers

Pecan news, research findings and industry developments can be difficult to locate online, but we’ll show you how to find the best online resources for pecans.

Pecan Management Calendar: May to July

Pecan growers should develop a plan for preparing for and addressing tasks throughout the year. Will Chaney, a senior research associate in pecan management systems, outlines activities for May, June and July.

Pecan Management Calendar

Pecan growers should develop a plan for preparing for and addressing tasks throughout the year. Will Chaney, a senior research associate in pecan management systems, outlines activities for the year.

How to Manage the Pecan Nut Casebearer

The pecan nut casebearer, Acrobasis nuxvorella (Neunzig), is the most damaging nut-feeding insect that occurs in pecans.