Friday, August 22, 2014
Kernel fill progressing with the return of summer heat
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.