Virtual sessions focused on pecan production and orchard management will continue in 2021.
An online workshop, sponsored by Oklahoma State University, will be held monthly through November. Oklahoma pecan growers are encouraged to attend virtually, ask questions and forge new relationships in the industry, according to a press release.
The first Pecan Topics Zoom session will take place Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. The agenda includes:
- Scouting and treatment of scale.
- Planting bareroot trees.
- Update on ice damage cleanup at the Cimarron Valley Research Station.
- Explanation of new USDA Pecan Research and Promotion Program.
Additional Pecan Topics Zoom workshops are scheduled for March 12, April 9, May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, and Nov. 5.
Plans are to incorporate issues or questions that Oklahoma State University Extension educators are receiving at the county or district level, said Becky Carroll, OSU Extension associate specialist, fruit and pecans.
“If people are asking about these things, it’s certain other growers are likely having similar questions,” she said. “While some businesses can shut down during this pandemic, the agriculture industry doesn’t stop. Producers continue to need valuable information that enhances their operations, and it is our mission to provide pecan growers with answers to their questions through these workshops.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many changes in the way people learn and how institutions like OSU Extension reach their state residents.
“We started the monthly Pecan Topics Zoom program last year due to the cancelation of the Pecan Management Workshop series and other field days,” Carroll said. “With Extension employees working from home, being able to connect with clients and offer education came with a learning curve – for both presenters and growers – but we prevailed.”
In the Zoom series, there were more than 400 participants representing 55 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. "We also reached growers in five other states, as well as six foreign countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Spain and Turkey,” Carroll said.
The one-hour workshops are free, but preregistration is required. To receive a hyperlink to preregister, email Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-744-6139. Information also is available on OSU’s Oklahoma Pecan Management website and the Oklahoma Pecan Management Facebook page.