Frequently Asked Questions
What are membership benefits of the Texas Pecan Growers Association?
Where can I renew or purchase my membership?
You can renew an existing membership or purchase a new one through this website in the “Membership Application” section. You can also find a membership application here to print and mail into our office.
If you prefer to make payment over the phone or have any questions, you may call our office at (979)846-3285 or email email@example.com.
Can I buy pecans directly from the grower?
Yes, many growers sell direct to consumers. See the Where to Buy Pecans list at this website to locate a grower near you. Some growers will mail order pecans year round and some sell only during the harvest season. During the holidays, take a look at the TPGA Holiday Trail Map.
Where can I purchase pecan trees?
TPGA members who sell pecan trees are:
Womack Nursery, 2551 Hwy. 6
DeLeon, TX 76444
Texas Pecan Nursery
P.O. Box 306
Chandler, TX 75758;
Pecan Grove Farms and Nursery
Cedar Creek, Texas 78612
Should I buy bareroot or container trees?
Visit the following website for more information on this topic.
Which pecan varieties are recommended for my area of the state?
Visit the following website to see which varieties are recommended by Texas Cooperative Extension.
Further description, as well as photos, of pecan varieties (cultivars) can be found at the USDA pecan breeding and genetics web site:
Where can I find information on grafting or budding?
The Texas Pecan Handbook includes instructions on grafting. You can purchase one through our online store at this website. You can also search the Pecan South index at this site for back issues containing information on grafting and budding.
Are there meetings or classes that a beginner or novice can attend to learn more about growing pecans?
Yes. Texas A&M University hosts a 4-day Pecan Short Course during the last week of January each year. Contact Kay Sanders at Texas A&M for registration information, 979-845-2604.
Additionally, the annual Texas Pecan Growers Conference held each July offers an educational program, orchard tour, mini pecan short course, and more. See Annual Conference page at this web site for date and location.
Many counties also host pecan field days. Contact your county Extension agent to find out if a county near you has a field day scheduled.
Where can I find information on pecan pest problems?
The following site provides real-time, interactive pest control information on a national basis, as well as a comprehensive toolbox for pecan growers and searchable functions on locating literature, assessing pesticides, etc. This site should be bookmarked by every pecan grower in the U.S. http://pecan.ipmpipe.org
There are several resources to help diagnose and deal with disease and insect problems. The following Extension web site contains a list of common problems, the probable causes and suggested solutions: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/homefruit/pecan/pecan.html
Texas A&M also has a pecan entomology web site that offers information on pecan insect pests and suggested controls:
Evaluating pest problems:
Where are pecans grown?
The United States and Mexico are the world’s leading suppliers of pecans. The U.S. crop typically ranges around 300 million pounds. Other countries that produce pecans are Australia, South Africa, Israel, China and Argentina.
How did the pecan become the Texas State Tree?
In March 1906 just before he died, former Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg requested that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave rather than a traditional monument. He wanted the nuts from that tree to be given out and widely planted to help make Texas “a land of trees.” His wish was carried out. People began to take special notice of pecan trees and in 1919 the Texas Legislature made the pecan the state tree. Gov. Hogg is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
What is the best way to store pecans?
When stored at 0 degrees in the freezer, either shelled meats or inshell pecans will maintain quality for two years. Under refrigeration, pecans should maintain their quality for several months. Storing pecans at room temperature is not recommended. Shelled pecans do not have to be thawed before use in recipes. However, if you are grinding the nuts in a blender or processing in a food processor to produce pecan meal, the meats should be allowed to dry at room temperature when taken out of freezer or refrigerator.
I only have a few trees and would like to hire someone to spray my trees and/or harvest my pecans. Are there people who offer these services?
There are only a few such custom service providers in the state. Contact the TPGA office at 979-846-3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if we know of anyone in your area.