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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: 'kanza' Pecan

Authors
item Thompson, Tommy
item Grauke, Larry
item Reid, William - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Smith, M - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
item Winter, S - TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 1, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the only pecan breeding program in the world. State researchers cooperate with the USDA in testing the best new pecan material. A new cultivar (variety) has been tested and released to pecan nurserymen and growers. The Agricultural Experiment Stations of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas assisted the USDA in determining that this cultivar, 'Kanza,' is good enough to be released. `Kanza' is being released because of its productivity, nut quality, disease resistance, cold tolerance, and general suitability to be used as a cultivar in the northern pecan-production area of the U.S. Pecan growers will now have access to this improved cultivar.

Technical Abstract: 'Kanza' is a new pecan (Carya illinoinensis) cultivar just released by the Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and the Agricultural Experiment Stations of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. This new cultivar was tested as selection 55-11-11, and is a progeny from a 1955 cross between the 'Major' and 'Shoshoni' cultivars. The seedling was initially grown and evaluated at Brownwood, Texas. On the basis of preliminary performance, extensive testing was started in 1966. 'Kanza' is being released because of its productivity, nut quality, disease resistance, cold tolerance, and general suitability to be used as a cultivar in the northern pecan production area of the U.S. Pecans from this cultivar are best suited for the shelling industry and produce large quantities of halves and pieces of very high quality.

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