Farm to Table

Arkansas : Biennial pecan grafting workshop rescheduled for April 14

The biennial pecan grafting workshop, which is offered every other year by the White County Cooperative Extension Service, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018.


Sherri Sanders, White County agricultural agent, said the workshop was moved back by one week to accommodate the needs of the cooperating landowner.


The workshop costs $10 to attend, which can be paid by cash or check the morning of the workshop, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Attendees should bring a sharp knife and a lawn chair. Grafting wood and tape will be provided.


Sanders said that after a period of instruction, attendees will be put in groups of two or three to use pre-cut pieces of graftwood (known as scions) to collect from several pecan cultivars appropriate for the Arkansas climate.


“Hands-on learning is always best,” Sanders said.


The cuttings can be transferred from the grafting wood to other pecan or hickory trees, allowing participants to grow new varieties of pecans on their own trees. Sanders said the workshop is open to anyone in the state, and that facilitators will help attendees select the best pecan for their respective areas.


The workshop will take place at the home of William Johnson, 1313 W. Mississippi St., Beebe, Ark., 72012. Registration by phone or email is required by March 30. To register, contact Sanders at 501-268-5394 or


Source: University of Arkansas


Terry Simmons