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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: An Update on the USDA Pecan Breeding Program and Npacts Testing in the West

item Thompson, Tommy
item Grauke, Larry

Submitted to: Pecan Western Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: February 3, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Pecan growers are very interested in the latest USDA pecan cultivars since they produce more pecans per tree and the nut quality is improved over that of older cultivars. This paper reviews the performance of the latest USDA released cultivars. The pecan testing program to determine if new pecan clones perform well in the Western U. S. was also discussed. This testing program is NPACTS (National Pecan Advanced Clone Testing System). Regiona adaptation of new USDA clones is determined in this system. With this ongoing system of testing new material, pecan production is increasing, and production costs are decreased.

Technical Abstract: This is a presentation to pecan growers in the Western U. S. The performance of recent USDA pecan cultivar releases was reviewed. Suggestions as to how these cultivars should be used for pollination purposes in new orchards was also presented. Also, four new NPACTS (National Pecan Advanced Clone Testing System) tests are currently being installed in this pecan region. The specifics of these tests were reviewed. Performance data on the advanced USDA pecan clones to be tested at these new locations were also presented. These data were obtained from the basic breeding program at College Station and Brownwood, Texas.

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