FOREMAN, Ark. – Arkansas and Louisiana pecan producers are invited to a regional pecan meeting slated for July 27 at the Bogard Pecan Orchard near Foreman.

Several LSU AgCenter specialists will be guest speakers at the meeting, which is being conducted by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Participants will gather at 10 a.m. in the Bogard Pecan Orchard where Dr. Michael Hall, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, will speak on late season insect identification and monitoring.

Other speakers will include Dr. Randy Sanderlin, an LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, who will speak on disease control, and Dr. Charlie Graham, a horticulturist at the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station, who will speak on pecan orchard fertility.

In addition, the topic of crow and predator control will be covered by John House and Chris Youngblood, biological science technicians from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

After lunch, Dan York of York Pecan Co. will speak on pecan marketing.

There is no charge for attending the meeting, but advance registration is requested to assist with lunch preparation. For more information, or to register, call Hall at (318) 797-8034, Extension. 2320, or email at mhall@agcenter.lsu.edu.

To get to the Bogard Pecan Orchard from Ashdown, Ark., go west on Hwy. 32 approximately 14 miles to County Road (LR) 51 S. Look for signs for the workshop and the Wallace Baptist Church. Turn left and go south 3.5 miles. The orchard will be on the left.

If coming on Hwy. 41, go east 2.5 miles on Highway 32 and turn right at County Road (LR) 51 S. Go south 3.5 miles, and the orchard will be on the left. If coming north on Hwy. 41 you can turn right on County Road (LR) 4. In about 2 miles the road dead-end into County Road (LR) 51 S. Turn right and go about 1.5 miles south. The orchard is on the left.

Denise Coolman is a writer for the LSU AgCenter.

e-mail: dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu