Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2002
Publication Date: 1/27/2003
Citation: Grauke, L.J. 2003. Pecan site selection and preparation. In: Stein, L.A., McEachern, G.R., editors. Texas Pecan Handbook Volume II. College Station, TX: Texas Cooperative Extension Service. p. 1-21.
Interpretive Summary: The success of an orchard depends on the quality of the site where it is planted. Some sites have so many problems that trees should not be planted there. Other sites have problems that can be overcome, but they will influence management and may reduce yields. This chapter helps growers know how to check their site to find out whether it can be used to grow nut trees.
Technical Abstract: Site evaluation is the process of gathering and interpreting critical information concerning the ability of the prospective site to perform its intended function. This chapter covers the process of site evaluation and pre-plant soil preparation for nut orchard establishment. Important factors to consider are introduced, along with sources of more detailed information. If adequate information has been obtained in the evaluation stages, the grower has the opportunity to address some site limitations in pre-plant site preparation. The difference between a good site and a poor one will be manifested throughout the life of the orchard. Good management begins well in advance of tree planting: the good manager knows and addresses the site's limitations.