Course Instructions

Welcome to FUNDAMENTALS OF PECAN MANAGEMENT. This online version of the Oklahoma Pecan Management Course is offered to help present or prospective pecan producers improve their pecan management program or make better informed decisions on future pecan investments.

This self study course is based on conditions common to Oklahoma's pecan production but principles and techniques discussed have application throughout much of the United States pecan production region. Likewise, it is geared toward commercial pecan producers of all sizes but can be easily applied to hobby orchards as well as back yard trees.

The course is organized into seven phases as follows:

Introduction: Characteristics of the Oklahoma Industry; Definitions; Botany of the pecan; Human dietary benefits of pecans; Author credits; Sponsorship.

Native pecan management: Assessing investment potential; Grove improvement; Management priorities; Orchard floor management; Pecans and livestock; Determining pecan tree value; Organic production

Improved variety management: Orchard site selection; Orchard establishment; Propagation; Variety selection; Nutrition; Training; Pruning; Irrigation; Crop load management; Weed control

Pest management: IPM concepts; Insect management; Disease management; Wildlife depredation management; Organic options.

Storage, Food Safety and Sanitation: Storage considerations; Food safety; Sanitation

Economics and marketing: Economics; Marketing

Equipment: Overview; Minimum equipment needs; Commonly used equipment; Calibration

Each section and subtopic is directly accessible from a common menu. The user can navigate through the course at self pace and return to any section at will. Links will open in a new window. To return where you left off, simply close the new window.

Click here to preview part of the section on site selection.

Software Requirements

Course Registration
To register by check:
Students must complete the Pecan Management Registration provided at the link below and mail a copy along with a check for $75.00 made payable to "Department of Horticulture" to:

Pecan eLearning
Department of Horticulture
358 Agriculture Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

To register by credit card (MC/Visa):Go to OSU Marketplace Horticulture/Landscape and select the On-line Fundamentals of Pecan Management course. To register, please provide requested credit card information.

After receipt of your registration and payment, you will be provided a username and password that will allow unlimited access to be granted for one year.

Any funds generated by this online course above the cost of site maintenance will be allocated to support OKlahoma State University Cooperative Extension educational programs for commercial pecan producers.

If you have any questions, please send email to stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu or call 405-744-5404.

If you need to register, please visit the Pecan Management Registration Page.