This is the eighth installment of our blog series a Year in the Life of an Estate-Grown Pecan Farm. This series provides you behind the scenes look at Stahmanns Pecans, one of the largest pecan farms in New Mexico. This series will also include details about the harvesting of the fresh pecans to get them ready for commercial and industrial markets all over the world. If you missed Part 7, of A Year in the Life of an Estate Grown Pecan Farm, check it out here.
May – The Heat Rises and Caring for the Pecan Trees
In the beginning of May, the weather typically drops into the 50’s and sometimes even the 40’s at night and gets into the 70’s or lower 80’s during the day with comfortable humidity. But by the end of May, the night time temperature rarely drops below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is not uncommon to get temperatures in the 90’s and it gets muggy.
However, May is a cloudy month, staying mostly cloudy or overcast on most days, yet it rarely rains. The average rainfall for the month of May in Las Cruces is less than 1 inch for the month.
As a result, we need to irrigate the growing trees. We use rainwater whenever possible, but when the rain is scarce, we irrigate the pecan trees using a series of canals that run from the Rio Grande. We also spend some time in the month of May applying fertilizer to the soil and keeping watch for infestations from pests such as pecan weevils, diseases such as pecan scab, and any other events that might jeopardize the health of the pecan trees.
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