It's a yearly event that anyone who grows peanuts for sale or personal enjoyment will not want to miss. The N.C. Pecan Growers Association will host its annual educational workshop and orchard tour, Sat., Feb. 18, at the Sampson County, N.C., Agri-Expo Center in Warsaw. The event is open to all. There is a $20 cost that includes lunch.
There will be a hands-on demonstration in a local orchard and processing facility. Also, information will be offered on marketing resources, orchard equipment, orchard management and production practices. N.C. Pecan Growers Association president Elbie Powers will offer opening comments. George Ray McEachern, a pecan Extension horticulturist from Texas A&M University will be the guest speaker and his initial talk will be about "The History of Pecans." He will also discuss "Young Tree Establishment and Training," and "Renovating Pecan Orchards."
Other presenters will include area growers and staff from both N.C. State University and from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
One of the most difficult problems for pecan tree owners is the handling of storms, especially in a year like 2011 when North Carolina suffered both hurricane winds and a number of tornadoes during the year. An industry panel, including Alan Bundy of Capt'n Bundy's Pecan Farm in Turkey, N.C., TimHaithcock of Indian Springs Pecans in Goldsboro and Elbie Pwers of the Nut House in Roseboro, will discuss the topic of "Managing Storm Damaged Trees.
The orchard tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will consider processing, harvest practices, tree maintenance and pest control.
The Sampson County Agri-Expo Center is located at 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton, N.C. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
For more information, contact Laurie Wood, marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Her telephone number is 910-532-4208 and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about the event at the N.C. Peacan Growers association website at www.ncpecans.org