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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Reproductive and Vegetative Traits of Pecan Cultivars and a New System for Classifying Flower Maturity

Authors
item Wood, Bruce
item Smith, Morris
item Worley, Ray - GA COASTAL PLAIN EXP. STA
item Anderson, Peter - UNIV. OF FL AGR. EXP. STA
item Thompson, Tommy
item Grauke, Larry

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 28, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Poor cross pollination causes major economic losses in many pecan orchards. This loss is due to there being insufficient information as to which varieties do a good job pollinating certain other varieties. The traditional two-type flowering classification system, the Type I and Type II system, fails to provide enough resolution in flowering overlap patterns to be of much practical value. A new 30-class flowering classification system was developed that provides orchard managers or home owners with knowledge necessary to insure good pollination. Information is also presented comparing vegetative and reproductive characteristics of major U.S. pecan varieties. These cultivar comparisons, plus the '30-class flowering system', can be used to substantially increase pecan production and quality.

Technical Abstract: N/A

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