Pecan problems

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  1. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Squirrls are droping them at record rates, still with the green soft husks, is there any way to salvage them?
     
  2. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Our extension person said the trees are shedding the ones they can't support to maturity.
     

  3. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    An old 22 would help you reap a good harvest when squirrels are in your nuts.
     
  4. GrannyG

    GrannyG Well-Known Member

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    They are doing the same thing in our neck of the woods. We still end up with enough for us. Many times they will drop off because they have a tiny worm in them, and these aren't any good anyway. First frost here and they will begin to pop open and fall to the ground. Should have a good crop around here. I prefer the natives for the best taste, but they are hard to peel, being so small.
     
  5. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The ones that have fallen still green are not salvagable, if that is what you meant. They have to be ripe enough to be free of that husk when they fall to be good.
    mary
     
  6. keithil53

    keithil53 Member

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    In central Illinois the trees are loaded and generally wont split shuck till average first frost about middle October.Some are dropping with shucks.If they are close to maturity,the shucks can be removed with pliers and dried.
    The early date is apparently due to the crazy weather this year.
    Keith
     
  7. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Have you cracked them open, though? I've never opened one that had any green husk left on it that was good.
    mary
     
  8. keithil53

    keithil53 Member

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    If they have a weevil hole they are no good but the ones I have and the husks able to remove fairly easily have been good.The meats are rubbery
    but will dry out.
    Keith