Farm and Ranch
Pecan short course scheduled for Jan. 23-26 near College Station
By Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M
Jan 22, 2017
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COLLEGE STATION — Those who are nuts about growing pecans have an opportunity to learn in–depth production techniques at the 2017 Texas Pecan Short Course Jan. 23-26, according to Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station.

The course will be at the Horticulture Teaching Research and Extension Center, about 1.4 miles south of Farm-to–Market 60 on Farm-to-Market 50, near College Station.

The cost is $225 until Jan. 20, or $250 onsite. Register at http://bit.ly/pecanshortcourse

“The short course is a comprehensive class aimed at preparing individuals to enter the pecan business,” Nesbitt said. “All aspects of commercial pecan production are covered — from basic botany to tree planting, integrated pest management to marketing and more.”

Nesbitt said the horticulture center is near the Texas A&M University teaching and research pecan orchards to allow participants to get practical experience.

“Class instructors will engage participants in the most current information for Texas pecan orchard development and management, including hands-on instruction of orchard establishment, sunlight management, tree training and grafting.

Participants should wear warm clothing and appropriate footwear, because field trips to the pecan orchards will be taken, Nesbitt added.

For more information, contact Nesbitt at  979-862-1218, mlnesbitt@tamu.edu.