Welcome to PecanKernel!
This website is a resource for information about pecan-related insects and pests that affect pecans in Texas.
Pecans are produced on about a million acres world wide and annual production usually averages 200 – 300 million pounds. Domestication of pecan began in the late 1800’s and much genetic potential remains to be capitalized upon. Wild pecans in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mexico are perfectly acceptable in the marketplace such that Texas production consists of about 55% wild and 45% improved in an average year as of 2005.
The pest complex associated with pecan in the New World derives from those aboriginal relationships that evolved before domestication and presently key pests are limited to that complex. The ability to identify them combined with a knowledge of their biologies will allow pest management decisions to be made in time to minimize damage.