Currently in the orchard we are hedging and have been for about 3 weeks. Hedging is a necessary part of the operation and requires much planning. Sunlight is necessary for quality and quantity in orchard production. In June and July at 12 o’clock noon you need to see at LEAST 50% on the orchard floor or your pecans are not getting all the sunlight they require. Sunlight must be allowed around the whole tree. The canopy needs to be small and compact. Our trees are spaced 30 X 30 around the majority of our orchard. If trees are not receiving enough sunlight then we must plan to start the hedging process again as soon as harvest is over.