Crop will be hurt by pecan scab - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Crop will be hurt by pecan scab

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:07:14 GMT

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>
  • Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:05:12 GMT
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
  • Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:59:04 GMT
    Bradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-lawBradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-law
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County extension agents say a soggy start to 2014 could create more problems for pecan growers this season.  

Scab, a fungus created by excess rain and moisture, reduced pecan production to 60 Million pounds in 2013.  

During Monday's county commission meeting, extension agents told commissioners prices for the commodity also dropped last year. They say some of the county's groves continue to be planted, and say growers who get an early start with fungicides could avoid future loss.  

"With this year turning out wet, it does give cause for more disease problems," said James Morgan, Dougherty County Extension Agent. "And the quicker they get in and spray, the better."  

Morgan said lower supplies could lead to higher pecan prices this year. He said 2014 production could also be low, but said growers may get a bumper crop within the next two years which would boost production.

 

 

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.