PECAN GROWERS TO TOUR SOUTH GEORGIA
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Pecan Growers Association's Summer Tour, a cooperative program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Louisiana Pecan Growers Association and the Georgia Pecan Growers Association, is set for Aug. 3-4 from the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.
Producers will visit some of the best pecan orchards in Georgia, one of the best research facilities, and some leading marketers of pecans during the two-day event. Participants may stay for the entire tour, for one day only or any combination of stops.
Participants will gather Thursday night, Aug. 2, at the Hampton Inn in Moultrie, Ga., and then leave via chartered bus on Friday, returning to the hotel the same night. On Saturday, the group will car pool.
The Friday schedule will begin with a tour of the Coastal Plain Experiment Station of the University of Georgia at Tifton. This will be a complete tour of the pecan research there, with wagons and participation by numerous pecan scientists of different disciplines. A catered lunch will follow.
From there, producers will visit Ross Smith Pecans/ B. Lloyds Pecans in Pavo, Ga., to check out their processing, candy, gift packs, wholesale and retail operation. Next, it's on to Mike Luke's orchard near Ray City. Luke's is one of the best young orchards in the state, and Mike will also share his experiences in buying and selling pecans.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, participants will visit Lynn Jones' orchard, where he will discuss growing pecans and moving trees. Also at this farm, Dave Weiss will show and explain a good on-farm cleaning plant he built for Lynn. From there, it's on to Colquitt, Ga., an old Georgia small town that has seen much effort put into a downtown renovation project. Colquitt has developed what has become a well-known and popular community theatre, with a production called "Swamp Gravy." After a tour of the theatre and restored downtown, participants will have a lunch buffet at the historic Tarrer Inn.
After lunch, it's on to Seldom Rest, a plantation near Donalsonville with a pecan orchard recently renovated by Progressive Pecans, Inc., the company owned by Bill Goff and Tom Childress. The final tour stop will be Merritt Pecan Company in Weston Ga. Not only is Richard Merritt known as one of the best pecan growers in Georgia, he and his family operate a popular retail store selling top-quality pecans.
For more information and complete itinerary, visit www.alabamapecangrowers.com, or call Cathy Browne at (334) 844-5483.