Pecans are ready
I noticed some open hulls yesterday on one of our pecan trees and of course no nuts on the ground below because the critters don't let them lie there for any time at all. I collected the ones I could reach without a ladder and have been breaking off the hulls this morning. They seem a little larger than normal this year so maybe the trees enjoyed our rainy summer.
I came across relatively few with stuck tight hulls this time. I've done a little research in the past to see what causes that and still not sure whether it's a pest, disease or nutrient deficiency. The nuts are not fully formed in the ones that don't separate from their hulls easily.
I was ready to go out with a ladder and rake to collect some more this morning but it's sprinkling here and although I haven't heard any thunder, I decided against holding a metal rake up in the air while standing on a metal ladder under a tree just in case.
I confess I still haven't picked up our black walnuts. I like pecans a lot better.