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John Holman

Murray County Extension Educator Ag/4-H Youth Development

Pecan growers who are interested in learning more about crop load thinning should make plans to attend the Pecan Crop Loading Thinning Field Day slated Aug. 1.

Becky Carroll, OSU Cooperative Extension associate specialist, fruit and pecans, said producers are optimistic looking at this year’s anticipated fall harvest.

“There’s potential for a great harvest this year looking at the number of clusters found on most trees across the state,” Carroll said. “We’re estimating about 28 million pounds of pecans will be harvested this year. With big pecan crops, quality can be affected. Crop load thinning was developed at OSU many years ago to help with improved pecan varieties.”

The field day will take place at the Cimarron Valley Research Station, 10820 S. Jardot, near Perkins, Oklahoma. Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. and the workshop will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and includes dinner, but registration is required by July 30. The Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association is sponsoring the meal.



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