|2012 Kanza Crop|
Over the past few years I've been sharing production records from a block of Kanza trees we established in 1995. Last winter we removed 7 trees from this block of 112 trees as part of a planned tree thinning operation. What is interesting is that nut production did not drop significantly from 2011 to 2012 despite the loss of 6% of the orchard's trees.
Weather conditions during the 2011 and 2012 crop years were similar; both summers were hot and dry. In 2011 we averaged 899 lbs/acre from this young orchard, while in 2012 yield averaged 810 lbs./acre. I was really surprised that the cumulative effect of two years of drought did not impact the 2012 crop even more that it did.
stick-tights? I think so.