March/April 2024 - 14

PECAN GROWER PROFILE
Leger & Son hedges to protect
pecan groves from hurricanes
BY DOUG OHLEMEIER
ASSISTANT EDITOR
L
eger & Son grows pecans by conserving
water, paying attention to soil health and
vigorously trimming trees.
Sustainable practices have allowed the thirdgeneration
Cordele, Georgia, family operation,
which is also a major watermelon grower-shipper,
to successfully grow pecans for nearly six decades.
Leger & Son's toolbox includes precision ag
techniques, monitoring fields with drones and
using tensiometers and moisture meters for
conserving irrigation water. In the past decade,
overhead and drip fertigation has allowed the
proper mixture of minor essentials to increase
yields and reduce the use of pesticides, fertilizers
and water, said Greg Leger, president and owner.
Planting pecan trees more resistant to scab
helped cut the spraying bill in half. During spring
growth and leafing, clover and vegetable cover
crops harbor beneficial insects including lacewings
that feed on aphids.
Planting buffers around groves helps reduce insect
issues. " We cut way back on insecticides in the
orchard and cut our spray bill in half, " Leger said.
During the last 15 years, pecan weevils have
become a smaller issue. " We have just about
eradicated the pecan weevil, " Leger said. " It's like
the boll weevil in cotton. It's just about a thing of
the past anymore. "
Photos courtesy Leger & Son.
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Long rainy periods can create disease pressure,
so most pecan spraying challenges originate from
adverse weather. A contract sprayer cutting off
sprays early can produce weak trees, Leger said.

March/April 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2024

Editor's Letter
The blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California
Tree nut outlook for 2024
From the top
Water stress
Buzz pollination
Hazelnut crop concerns
Business
Almond Board of California
Ad Index
Events
March/April 2024 - 1
March/April 2024 - 2
March/April 2024 - 3
March/April 2024 - Editor's Letter
March/April 2024 - 5
March/April 2024 - The blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California
March/April 2024 - 7
March/April 2024 - 8
March/April 2024 - 9
March/April 2024 - Tree nut outlook for 2024
March/April 2024 - 11
March/April 2024 - 12
March/April 2024 - 13
March/April 2024 - From the top
March/April 2024 - 15
March/April 2024 - 16
March/April 2024 - 17
March/April 2024 - Water stress
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March/April 2024 - Buzz pollination
March/April 2024 - 21
March/April 2024 - Hazelnut crop concerns
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March/April 2024 - Business
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March/April 2024 - Almond Board of California
March/April 2024 - Events
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