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Pecan Show Call for Entries

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexico pecan growers can enter their prize produce in the pecan show held during the Western Pecan Growers Association conference March 10-12 in Las Cruces.

Growers are encouraged to send a sample of their nut production for competition with other growers in the western region, said Esteban Herrera, horticulturist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Judging takes place March 10 at the Hilton Hotel in Las Cruces. "Judging criteria generally involves kernel percent, color and uniformity," Herrera said.

Producers can enter their nuts in one of five categories: Western Schley; Wichita; improved varieties other than Western Schley or Wichita; known hybrids; and seedlings and native pecans. A $100 grand prize will be awarded to the best entry overall.

Herrera offers growers the following tips for selecting their show sample:

* Select nuts from young trees when possible.
* Pick nuts from trees with a light pecan crop.
* Harvest immediately following nut drop.
* Do not select nuts if the shuck is green.
* Prevent nuts from getting wet prior to harvest.
* Do not alter the appearance of the nut by rubbing or polishing.
* Select a sample of nuts that are uniform in size.

Growers should send a sample of at least 40 nuts by Feb. 25 to:
Javier Vargas
Dona Ana County Extension Agent
150 W. Lohman
Las Cruces, NM 88005


Esteban Herrera
Cooperative Extension Service
Box 30003, Dept. 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003

Entries also will be accepted March 10 at the show until noon.

For more information and entry forms, contact Javier Vargas at (505) 525-6649, Esteban Herrera at (505) 646-2921, or your local county Extension office.