Teodoro Gamez (left) and Jesus Gomez (right) apply their keen eyes and fast hands to sort out any pecans that are less than perfect from the last load of this season's harvest at Arrowhead Farms of Crystal City, TX, on Friday, December 9, 2011, owned by Mr. Akram Mohammad, a pecan farmer since 2005. The 719 acre farm with 10,000 trees, features some orchards with underground micro irrigation system that feeds water to the roots of 4,380 pecan trees on 146 acres. Mr. Mohammad said, âUSDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) was essential to my business and trees surviving the recent exceptional drought. The trees were stress free thanks to underground micro-irrigation. This is essential to the future growth of Texas agriculture and good for America.â U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) Environmental Quality Initiative Program (EQIP) awarded Mr. Mohammad a $130,000 grant in 2008. He provided $26,000 for the balance of the $156,000 total cost to install a 146-acre underground micro-irrigation for 4,380 trees. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 19, 2014
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