New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Pecan weevil affects residential pecan trees

 For Immediate Release: January 27, 2017

Contact: Shelby Herrera

575-646-3007 office


(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture recognizes that a small number of residential pecan trees are being affected by pecan weevil in four eastern New Mexico cities.  Pecan weevil is a significant insect pest of pecan and is not recognized as being established in New Mexico commercial orchards.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service recognize the economic importance of the pecan industry to the region and the negative impact that pecan weevil will have on the industry. Over the past 10 years, both organizations have cooperated on annual surveys and outreach programs as part of an early detection and eradication approach to prevent pecan weevil establishment in the western region.

Recently pecan weevil has been identified in one residential tree in Clovis and one residential tree in Roswell. Additional pecan trees were identified with pecan weevil in Artesia and Hobbs.

As a result of the recent pecan weevil findings, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has implemented a sixty-day quarantine effective January 27, 2017. To limit the spread of pecan weevil from infested residential trees to commercial orchards, movement of pecans produced within the city limits of Clovis, Roswell, Hobbs, and Artesia are restricted. This restriction requires a certificate from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture stating specific pecans meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Pecans that are sold, traded or gifted in a manner that meet the phytosanitary requirements of the receiving location and are transported in a department approved manner;
  • Pecans treated at 0 degrees for 168 continuous hours, or other department approved treatment methods;
  • The inspection of a pecan sample in which no pecans exhibit signs of the pecan weevil or exhibit the presence of the weevil; and/or,
  • Pecans originating in the quarantined area but believed, by the department not to have the presence of the pecan weevil.

Specifics regarding the certification of pecan nuts can be found within the quarantine rule at Information is also available at the affected area’s County Cooperative Extension Offices.  Residential and commercial pecan tree owners should be on the lookout for pecans with round, BB-sized holes in the shells, or legless, white grubs inside the pecan nut. If you suspect you have pecan weevil in your residential pecan trees, contact your local County Cooperative Extension Office. Chaves County residents may contact Sandra Barraza at 575-622-3210. Lea County residents should contact Wayne Cox at 575-396-2819. Residents in Eddy County should contact Woods Houghton at 575-887-6595. Curry County residents should contact the Curry County Extension Office at 575-763-6505.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will continue to work with city elected officials and residents of affected areas on education and eradication efforts.


New Mexico writer, and New Mexico singer/actor, both recognized for contributions to Western arts

Ollie Reed, Jr., a native of Natchez, Mississipi, who moved to New Mexico in October 1976, and Rod Taylor, originally from Lubbock, Texas, who now lives in Cimarron, New Mexico, each accepted a 2016 Rounders Award on October 12 during an afternoon presentation hosted at the Governor’s Residence in Santa Fe.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte presented the awards, along with New Mexican writer Max Evans, whose classic western novel and subsequent Hollywood movie The Rounders is the award’s namesake. Created in 1990 at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the Rounders Award honors those who “live, promote, and articulate the Western way of life.”

“Ollie Reed and Rod Taylor both exemplify the true spirit of a “Rounder”, one who has lived and appreciates our Western culture and character through their personal and professional lives,” said Witte, upon presenting the awards.

Reed worked as a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune, when he first moved to New Mexico. He worked for the Tribune until its demise in February 2008 and is now a staff writer with the Albuquerque Journal. He has written extensively about Western history and popular culture – especially the history and cowboy culture of New Mexico – for the Tribune, the Journal, and True West magazine. He is an editor and contributor to “Max Evans & a Few Friends: The 90th Birthday Book,” published by Rio Grande Books. Reed is a member of the Western Music Association and the Western Writers of America. He won WWA’s 2014 Stirrup Award for an article he wrote about the making of the Longmire TV series in New Mexico.

Taylor has been playing music for more than 30 years; both as a solo artist and with regional bands including The Rounders and, currently, The Rifters. Starting in 1990, with release of the album “Riding Down the Canyon,” Rod has continued to work on music projects. This included the 1995 album “A Philmont Collection”, the self-titled Rifters initial release of mostly original tunes, and his latest album entitled “Here, There or Anywhere.” His artistic work also includes acting and has been in film projects that include The Missing (directed by Ron Howard), the Stephen Frears’ film Hi – Lo Country, the “Angel Maker Episode” of Lazarus Man, and other projects from Tish Honojosa’s CMT music video, to television commercials and PBS documentaries.

Gathered for the presentation were members of Reed’s and Taylor’ families, as well as a crowd of approximately 100 New Mexico farmers, ranchers, and others who, in their own small way, have helped secure the culture of the West for future generations.


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