The beginning of a new year usually inspires folks to make plans for the future. I can't think of any better plan then to plant more pecan trees. So the very first thing I did in 2017 was to start stratifying pecan seeds that I plan to grow into new trees this summer.
By April 2nd, these nuts will have had 90 days of cold treatment. However, I don't like to plant seed into pots until the danger of frost has passed. At my location, the average frost free date is April 20th. With an extra couple of weeks in the cold, these seeds should pop up quickly after planting.