September 23, 2003
Albany-- Rainy weather has helped some area crops, but the pecan crop is not fairing as well. Pecan scab is a fungus that growers deal with on an annual basis, but the fungus worsens during wet growing seasons.
Pecan scab effects the quality of the nut that is produced. This years yield looks to be good, but the quality will be affected.
Lenny Wells with the Dougherty County Extension service says "Where there is such a high concentration of pecan trees, and pecan orchards, the scab fungus is a pretty prevalent disease, there will be some that will be significantly affected."
Growers may not fully know the effect of the fungus until harvesting begins in a few weeks.
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