Water, nutrition, alternate bearing, and aphids are among the front-burner issues for Arizona pecan growers striving to produce a high quality crop and good yields.
Arizona pecan yields could average about 2,000 in-shell pounds per acre this year with good to very good nut quality, says pecan specialist Mike Kilby of Kilby Ag Services, Sahuarita, Ariz.</p>
Pruning helps manage pecan nut yields and improve nut quality, says Mike Kilby.</p>
Mike Kilby, Arizona pecan specialist.</p>
Commercial pecan production is a $60-plus million business in Arizona.</p>
Drip-sprinker irrigation is becoming more popular in pecan orchards than flood irrigation.</p>