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Pecan crop harvest may disappoint

November 10, 2005

Albany--Pecan growers in South Georgia are busy harvesting nuts, but this year's hope for a bumper crop is fading fast.

Early season rains were plentiful statewide, creating hope among farmers that this year's crop would be a big one. Lee County pecan grower Roy Goodson says the earlier rains created problems with spraying, and now scab and glomerella diseases are a threat to the quality of the yield statewide.

"A lot of us never got off of a two week spray schedule, and we still have the worst scab and what we call glomorella, but it is a very serious problem this year, because what we thought we had, what we went into the year having and what we are harvesting is a total different story"said Lee County pecan farmer Roy Goodson.

The very dry weather so far this fall, has allowed the growers to continue harvesting, but did not allow the root systems of the trees to stay moist enough for prime conditions.

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