What’s Happening on the Pecan Farm
For pecans, October usually marks the beginning of the new Harvest Season. Of course, you never know for certain when the crop will be ready, since that depends on weather, rainfall, tree health, and so many other factors. When we see that the green fleshy shucks have opened up or fallen off to reveal ripe pecans, then we know it’s time to start shaking trees.
While we’re waiting for the pecans to open, we’re continuing to prepare the harvest equipment and cleaning plant. We’ve also turned off the irrigation. It’s important to let water clear out of all the irrigation lines before the cold weather arrives.
It’s also important to keep the crows out of the orchard now that the pecans are ripening and getting ready to harvest. If you’ve visited our farm during Harvest Season, you’ve probably heard the cacophony of bird sounds coming from the trees. These bird calls are coming from tall solar powered speakers installed around the perimeter of the orchard. They play several different distress calls as well as calls from a bald eagle and a falcon. This system gives us a sustainable, humane, and very effective way to keep pesky birds out of our way.