Monday, August 19, 2013

Nut Development: 19 August 2013

    After a week of below-average temperatures, kernel development has proceeded at a painfully slow pace (photo at right). Osage kernels are a little fuller than last week but are still in the water stage. Kanza has achieved full size and and is also in the water stage. Late ripening Maramec has grown in size but the kernel is still only half way expanded.
    The weatherman is predicting seasonally warm temperatures this week with plenty of sunshine. It will be interesting to see if plentiful heat and light get get pecan development moving. The first fall freeze will be here before we know it.