Researcher interested in participating in the Pecan Task Force.
research award and index to reports
Current research 2004-2005
Contact List of Pecan Researchers national list
Pecan Task Force Advisory Board.
The Pecan Task Force is formed to identify best management practices
including, pruning, irrigation, pest, and fertilizer management to sustain and increase
pecan profitability. Team players include growers, processors, crop consultants, state and
federal agricultural specialists and NMSU researchers, Extension specialist, county
agents and engineers. One of the early pioneers of pecan promotion in the Mesilla Valley
was J.W. Newberry of Fairacres, NM. Newberry grew, propagated, and sold pecan trees.
The late Deanne F. Stahmann, however, made the first large-scale planting of pecans in New
Mexico. This 30-acre planting was made on the Snow Ranch, a farm south of Las Cruces in
1934 and 1935. Pecan acreage increased since then and five of the top 10 pecan-producing
counties in the United States are located in the western region. The top-producing
county is Doņa Ana, NM in southern New Mexico. Pecan production has increased from
626,000 lb in 1920 to over 50,000,000 lb in 2002 on 29622 acres. The price has varies from
$0.57 to $1.14 per pound over the last 12 years making the pecan industry a 50
million industry in New Mexico. The Pecan Task Force is formed to protect this industry.
|Pecan Task Force Contact
NMSU, Agricultural Experiment Station
Representative and Task Force Coordinator
NMSU College of Agriculture & Home Economics, Extension Office
Tele: (505) 646-3748