Wet and mild winter conditions could have major implications on Georgia’s pecan crop this season.
With temperatures in the low 80s, following an extreme wet period on March 4 and 5, the state’s pecan trees should be changing in the next few weeks, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells.
“As far as any (trees) that are standing in water in some spots because of all the rain, because they’re dormant, it’s not going to be as big of a deal or as big of a problem with them,” Wells said. “(But) I really expect us to see bud break within a few weeks. If (the water is) still around at that time, which it very well could be in some spots, I think then that could cause some issues. Certainly, where there are waterlogged (trees), they’re going to be attractive for ambrosia beetles. That could be an issue.”