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Crop will be hurt by pecan scab


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.



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