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Local pecan growers win awards at state show

Aug. 6, 2013 at 3:06 a.m.

Connie Boedeker, of DeWitt County, displays the plaque she received for her state grand champion commercial pecan entry for the 2012 season. She is flanked by Texas A&M professors Larry A. Stein, left, and Bill Ree.

The Texas Pecan Growers Association Annual Conference and Trade Show took place July 14-17 at Texas A&M-Bryan-College Station.

The event included an extensive educational program; pecan trade show featuring machinery and equipment vendors, irrigation companies, pecan nurseries, chemical distributors, cracking and shelling equipment and world marketing presentations; the 2012 state pecan show and finished with an orchard tour.

There were 263 entries for the show. Victoria, Lavaca and DeWitt counties represented the Crossroads area.

Local participants' results are:

1. Charles Nelson - Victoria County, third, Podsednik variety.

2. James Rother - Lavaca County, second, Maramec variety.

3. James Rother - Lavaca County, first, Gra Cross variety.

4. Kernell Moritz - Victoria County, first, Cape Fear variety.

5. Charles Nelson - Victoria County, first, Known Hybrids.

6. James Rother - Lavaca County, second, Moreland variety.

7. James Rother - Lavaca County, second, Kiowa variety.

8. Charles Nelson - Victoria County, first, Nacono variety.

9. James Rother - Lavaca County, first and state champion, Native.

10. Kernell Moritz - Victoria County, first and reserve champion classic division, Elliott variety.

11. Connie Boedeker - DeWitt County, third, Desirable variety.

12. Connie Boedeker - Dewitt County, second, Pawnee variety.

13. Connie Boedeker - DeWitt County, first, Shawnee variety.

14. Connie Boedeker - DeWitt County, first, Prilop variety.

15. Connie Boedeker - DeWitt County, first, Wichita variety.

16. Connie Boedeker - DeWitt County, first, Choctaw variety.

17. Connie Boedeker - DeWitt County, first and grand champion commercial division, Forkert variety.

All participants first competed at the DeWitt and area county show, advanced to regional and then finally to the state show. Participants do not have to operate a commercial pecan orchard to enter and participate. Any pecan grower can enter the pecan show.

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