You may have heard the tale of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But last night, I saw a rainbow that ended in my pecan grove which is a sure sign that I'll be harvesting a pot of golden pecan kernels in the Fall.
Friday, August 29, 2014
late July. I looked at the top of the tree (photo at left) and discovered only sessile buds and a well formed terminal bud. This is good news. This tree has stopped growing and can now start hardening-off in preparation for winter's cold.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
|Scab lesions on Dooley pecans|
This morning I visited trees of two cultivars that are normally very susceptible to pecan scab; Dooley and Peruque. I was interested to see how these two cultivars have faired with the minimal scab spray program they received this year.
|Scab lesions on Peruque pecans|
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Colby nut has developed some solid kernel but you can still see the translucent 'jelly' layer that indicates rapid deposition of new kernel material. The slight thickening of the seed coat (a thin jelly layer) reveals that Kanza has only just begun kernel deposition. The kernel of the Giles nut is still expanding and the nut has not yet reach full water stage.
This year, kernel development seems to be behind schedule. Although we have suffered through some stifling heat this past week, the summer of 2014 has been cooler than normal and those cool temperature have retarded nut development. Lets hope we catch up before frost hits this Fall.