2016 NeNGA Nut Evaluation

2016 NeNGA Evalution Summary Report
Excel Version
2016 NeNGA Evaluation Summary Report
PDF Version

First, I want to thank our membership efforts for collecting and submitting their nut samples to be evaluated.  We had 145 valid samples from growers that included cultivar and native nuts this year.  It is important to continue to collect samples from new and established nut trees to collect performance historical data.  There were parts of the Midwest this year that received above normal moisture with other parts below normal. 

We had 92 Black walnut entries this Year with many different cultivars.  Glen Gowen took top honors with Meyers, S-147 & Hare.  George Messener and Larry Blanke took the next 9 honors with well-known good cultivars.  Ted Rethmeier also entered a great seedling.   

From a pecan standpoint, Sheppard, Posey, Pawnee, James and Dumbell Small to top honors.  Lucas being a small nut had a good % kernel and produces lots of nuts.  I have observed over time that one of the major factors of the nuts development is directly proportional to the amount of moisture at the right time.  Irrigation is important here in Nebraska during dry spells with a lot of sunlight.  Those northern pecans sure taste good.  Keep those grasses away.  

There was a surprise in the shellbark entries this year.  We noticed the McDowell cultivar produced lots of nuts this year and took top honors.  This was it’s first year for noticeable production.  We have a lot of young grafted hickory trees that will be coming on in the next several years.  My preference of the best tasting nut has always been hickory.      

If you sign in as a member you can access the same report under the Nut Evaluations tab and then select the 2016 evaluation called NutEval2016.  The excel spreadsheet will display a tab called printPREP.  When NeNGA members log in, they can access additional nut evaluations from years 2008-2015.  Evaluation detail data for all evaluated species of nuts can be displayed by selecting the species tabs of the selected evaluation year.  Formulas for the data in the data field selected can be displayed.  For an example one may ask the question of just what values are used to generate “total grade’ and ‘final score”.  After you select the evaluation-spread sheet and then the species tab, all of the data fields are then displayed.  Put your cursor on any data field you are interested in for that nut selected.  The evaluation formula will then be displayed for the inquisitive.     

We are working on evaluation criteria for chestnuts and there is a chance that we may be evaluating them next year.   With more members growing hazelnuts, I am looking forward for samples for next year if you don’t eat them all first for Christmas. 

Finally, thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the nut evaluation this year.  We had great teamwork, socializing, and pizza.  I tried to include everyone’s picture but I missed some. Thanks to again to Rob Cemper, Larry Martin, Maury Mathews were also graders.

– John Knorr

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