[nafex] Pollenizer for Snaps pecan

Gordon Nofs gc_nofs at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 10 13:22:40 EST 2002

  If your trees are seedlings and even of the same variety and you have at 
least 3 I would say you will have pollination
    Gordon C. Nofs====================================

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From: "Lucky.Pittman" <Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu>
Reply-To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [nafex] Pollenizer for Snaps pecan
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 20:27:44 -0600

 >===== Original Message From nafex at yahoogroups.com =====
 >Anyone know if Carlson 3 would be ok as a pollenizer for Snaps? I
 >ordered Cornfield but the nursery was out of stock and intends to send
 >me Carlson 3 instead. If not, do you know of any that do for usre
 >pollenize it? Or some general info on pecan pollenizers.

Most of the published information on pollen-shed and nutlet receptivity
patterns/compatibilities has been done with the Southern pecan varieties.  
much out there in print on the northern/midwestern and far northern 
though I'd bet that John H. Gordon, Jr.(is that where you've ordered your
trees?) and some of the other NNGA members growing pecans in short-season
northern climes may be able to shed more light on which of those varieties
have compatible pollen-shed and nutlet receptivity patterns.

Most of the Southern pecan literature breaks the cultivars into protandrous
and protogynous groups, but even within the two groups, there's a lot of
variation and overlap.
The more cultivars you can plant, the better your chances of getting good
all-around pollenation.  Here in southern KY, I pretty much break the
northern/midwestern varieties down into early, mid, and late season pollen
shed. For example:
The old (and still) gold standard pecan cultivar for this part of the 
"Major", produces prodigious amounts of pollen in the early to mid season,
setting good crops of nuts on most of the protogynous cultivars, but needs 
to (very)late pollen to set nuts.  The Major ortet was very productive in 
original site - a 400 acre block of native pecans in the Green River delta
near Henderson/Owensboro, KY - but when it was first selected and 
back in the early 1900s, production was disappointing, as it had been moved
away from whatever tree(s) in that forest were producing late-season pollen 
set good crops on it.  While Posey, Greenriver & Peruque will pollenate some
Major flowers, late pollen-shed varieties, such as Hodge, Lattus, and 
are really needed to maximize yields on Major.

If you've not contacted John Gordon, drop him a line - I think he may be 
best source of information on pollenation compatibilities of the far 

NNGA has an 'ask the experts' page - check it out at:

The USDA Pecan Breeding and Genetics website has some information on a few 
the northern/far northern varieties, including descriptions and nut photos,
but most of their info is geared toward the Southern cultivars. (I think 
URL is correct, but if not, it's close)

Lucky Pittman
Hopkinsville, KY

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