The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a pecan mini short course as part of the 103rd annual Texas Pecan Growers Association Pecan Growers Conference and Trade Show on July 14-17 at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.

Pecan nut clusters on a tree.
Producers will learn how to determine the best pecan nut quality at the pecan mini short course held on July 15 in Seguin. (Laura McKenzie/Texas A&M AgriLife)

The short course will be from 8:30 a.m.-noon on July 15 at the hotel, located at 1001 E. McCarty Lane. Participants must register for the conference online at

Registration cost is $160 for TPGA members and $180 for non-members and covers admission for two members from the same family. Contact the association at 979-846-3285 or email [email protected] for more information.

A total of three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — two integrated pest management and one general — will be available for TDA private pesticide applicator license holders.

Mini short course agenda

Topics and speakers will include:

  • Management of feral hogs with the Kaput system — Aaron McCoy, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Hays County.
  • Pecan nut quality determinants — Larry Stein, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Uvalde and professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Uvalde.
  • Cover crops in orchards — Stephen Janak, AgriLife Extension horticulture program specialist, Hallettsville.
  • Managing pest and beneficial insects in pecan orchards — Kyle Slusher, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist and assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, Stephenville.
  • Pecan disease management update — Young-Ki Jo, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Bryan-College Station.
  • Foliar nutrient sprays — Monte Nesbitt, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension specialist and associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Bryan-College Station.
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