Friday, March 29, 2013
Pecan seedling selections
Looking over the nut samples at this year's KNGA annual meeting I was struck by several interesting seedling pecan selections made by pecan growers across the Midwest. Let me highlight some of the best.
discovered by Gerald Shepherd. This medium sized native pecan weighed 5.48g this year (drought year) but averages 6.39g when receiving normal rainfall. Shepherd nuts produced 51.4% kernel in 2012 but average 53.0% with adequate moisture. The Shepherd pecan matures 3 days before Pawnee and is scab free (photo at left).
Zapp pecan (photo at right). Zapp looks to be a seedling of Stuart, originally planted as a yard tree in Germantown, IL. Nuts are large and blocky weighing 9.58 g in 2012. Nut produced 54.5% kernel last year. Nuts mature two weeks after Pawnee or about the same time as Lakota. Scab has not been seen on this cultivar.