Topics to be discussed include fungicide test results by Dr. Randy Sanderlin and insecticide test results by Dr. Michael Hall, both researchers at the station.

Other speakers include Dr. Charlie Graham, of the LSU AgCenter's Calhoun Research Station near Monroe, and Dr. John Pyzner, an extension horticulturist also located in Calhoun.

According to the 2002 Louisiana Ag Summary, published by the LSU AgCenter, an estimated 6,146 Louisiana pecan growers harvested 6.9 million pounds of pecans on 27,106 acres last year. This includes 4.7 million pounds of improved pecans and 2.3 million pounds of native pecans. The gross farm value was about $4.5 million.

The state's initial 2002 pecan crop estimate was 8 million pounds, which was half of the state average of 16 million pounds. Experts say two hurricanes and three weeks of heavy rainfall in October 2002 severely reduced the harvest. Some pecan acreage was not harvested because of severe weather damage and the inability to get harvesters into the orchards.

The field day is open to all interested persons. Pre-registration is requested. Call (318) 797-8034 ext. 2305 by Aug. 26.

The station is about 6 miles south of LSU at Shreveport on Highway 1.

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