Heavy pecan crop causing problems

The pecan crop in many parts of the state is best described as a ‘limb breaker’ this year. Homeowners in and around Central Texas are losing large limbs right and left. According to County Extension Agent Jerry Kidd, due to the large crop, the insect pressure from casebearer has been minimal, and as a result, many trees are still carrying a large crop. “In addition to that fact, the wet weather has allowed the nuts to attain their true genetic potential and as a result are very large, which makes the nuts weigh even more,” said Kidd. ‘The nuts will be the heaviest when the kernels are totally full of water.’ As a result of the bumper crops, many of the limbs are breaking. Kidd added that it is not too late and that nuts can still be removed from the tree to reduce the crop load and prevent limb breakage. Information about efforts to maintain healthy trees is available in more detail at www.plantanswers.com. “Not all areas in the county have trees which are fully loaded,” said Kidd. “The freeze around Easter got some of the crop and disease is taking its toll as well. Scab fungal disease has caused many nuts to drop and will also cause the nuts to be smaller and not fill as well. Realize though, that it is too late to do anything about scab at this time of the year.” For more information or to contact Kidd, call 325-597-1295. In response to the number of calls for broken limb removal that have been received at City Hall, Brady City Manager Merle Taylor announced Tuesday that the city would once again open the landfill for free brush and limb disposal for the remainder of August and for the month of September. ‘We are physically unable to keep up with the demand for tree trimming and removal, and we need the public’s help in taking their own dead and broken tree limbs to the landfill,’ said Taylor. ‘Only brush and limbs will be accepted at no charge at the landfill, and all loads must be secured and weighed upon check-in.’

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