Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Shuck split still 18 days early

    Over the last 5 weeks I've been posting photos of pecan cultivars as they split shuck (Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept 18, Sept. 25, and Oct. 1). Today, I found that the latest ripening cultivars we have under test had split their shucks. That's roughly 18 days earlier than normal.
   Caddo, Oconee, and Stuart are not recommended for planting in Kansas because they often do not ripen their pecans before our first fall freeze. However, this year all three have split their shucks well before our average date of first fall freeze (Oct. 20).