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Pecan producers meeting April 15

FULTON, Ark. — Louisiana pecan producers are invited to a regional pecan production meeting scheduled for April 15 at the Red River Pecan Plantation.

Three LSU AgCenter specialists will be guest speakers at the meeting, which is being conducted by the University of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter.

Among the LSU AgCenter speakers, Michael Hall, an entomologist at the AgCenter’s Pecan Research Station near Shreveport, La., will speak on pecan Insect management.

Randy Sanderlin, a plant pathologist also stationed at the LSU AgCenter’s Pecan Research Station, will speak on pecan disease management, and Charlie Graham, a horticulturist at the LSU AgCenter’s Calhoun Research Station, will speak on pecan pruning, thinning, fertilization and cultivars.

Other speakers scheduled for the day include pecan growers Bill Phelps of Phelps Pecan Pharm in Little Rock, Ark., and Thomas Norman of the Rosalie Sugar Mill Inc. in Alexandria, La. John Turner, a University of Arkansas Extension agent, will speak on sustainable agriculture research.

Following lunch, participants will assemble in the orchard and rotate from station to station to hear discussions on insect monitoring, disease monitoring, general orchard management and grafting.

“We encourage Louisiana pecan growers to attend,” Hall said. “There will be a variety of discussions that will be beneficial for everyone.”

The meeting is free to the public, but advance registration before April 9 is requested. To register, contact Gerald Alexander in the University of Arkansas’ Hempstead County Extension Office, 400 S. Washington St., Hope, Ark. 71801, or call 870-777-5771.

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