Friday, August 24, 2012
Pecan crop load, nut size, and kernel filling
The photo at right shows Giles nuts collected from a tree with a light crop (28% fruiting shoots) vs. nuts collected from a tree with a good crop (60% fruiting shoots). Its easy to see that the tree with a smaller crop load had larger pecans.
The simple relationship between crop load and nut size means that pecan trees can partially compensate for yield loses associated with a weaker nut set by growing bigger pecans.
It will be interesting to see if the differences in nut develop present in mid-August will be visible as differences in kernel quality come this November (harvest time).