Tuesday, September 1, 2015
How full are pecan kernels today?
The first day of September was a good day to check on the development of the 2015 pecan crop. I collected nuts from 14 different pecan cultivars ranging from the very early ripening Warren 346 to the late ripening (late for SE Kansas) Mohawk. I cut a nut from each cultivar in half so I could look at kernel development. Remember to click on each photo and you'll get a much larger view of the nuts in cross section.
This second group of cultivars (photo above) includes nuts that typically ripen during the first 10 days of October. Posey, Yates 68, and Surecrop kernels have filled all the space inside their shells except for a fine line down the middle of each kernel half. Major and Kanza have a lot of kernel filling to go. These two cultivars have developed only a thin layer of kernel. It looks like Major and Kanza may ripen later than normal this year.