|Kanza nuts: 2010 vs. 2011|
We ran into a spell of dry weather in 2011 that radically shrank the size of each nut produced by our Kanza trees. In the photo above, the nut on the left was grown in 2010 and was near normal in size, weighing (7.42g). In contrast, the nut on the right is from our 2011 crop. It is much smaller and weighs only 5.57g or three-quarters the weight of the 2010 nut. Using some simple math, I calculated the yield of our Kanza trees if they had produced the same sized nuts in 2011 as they had in 2010. That calculation predicted that we would have harvested 1198 lbs./ac if we had adequate rainfall in 2011. Nut production continues to increase in this young Kanza orchard--the drought of 2011 just made it hard to see.
|Kanza kernels: 2010 vs. 2011|