The successor to NNGA’s successful Nut Tree Culture in North America by Richard Jaynes has been so long in the making that it has evolved into two volumes. A Guide to Nut Tree Culture in North America, Volume 1 is now available.
More than 18 experts offer timely advice and information on nut tree growing. The following is a list of chapter headings and authors:
- History: Spencer Chase and Sandra Anagnostakis
- Propagation of Major Tree Nut Crops Cultivated in North America: Bruce W. Wood
- Rootstocks for Major Tree Nut Crops of North America: Bruce W. Wood
- Pecans: Tommy E. Thompson and George D. Madden
- Pecan Production in the Midwest: William Reid and Kenneth L. Hunt
- Hickories: L.J. Grauke
- Hazelnuts: Shawn A. Mehlenbacher
- Chestnuts: Greg Miller
- Ginkgo, Pine Nuts, Beeches and Oaks: Greg L. Reighard
- Site Selection and Preparation: L.J. Grauke
- Growth, Flowering and Fruiting: Darrell Sparks
- Mineral Nutrition: Michael W. Smith
- Processing Nut Crops: Stanley J. Kays
- Marketing: Karen L. B. Gast
- Utilizing Nut Trees for Timber Sales: Richard C. Schlesinger
- Nut Trees for Wildlife: Donald M. Christisen and Eric W. Kurzejeski
There are over 400 pages divided into 16 chapters. Each chapter was written by an expert in nut growing.
In the words of Dennis Fulbright, editor of this, NNGA’s third handbook, “Volume 1 covers the history as well as the “how to’s” of nut tree culture, that is, how to plant, graft, fertilize, process, and cultivate nut trees. It also covers the granddaddy of the commercial nut industry, America’s nut: the pecan. The well-loved hazelnut and the species that make up the widespread hickory forests of North America are well covered with photos and descriptions. Learn about the chestnut, the newest nut to attempt to go commercial. An excellent chapter covers ginkgos, pine nuts, beeches, and acorns, including their history, biogeography, ecology, and commercial applications. Volume 1 is all this and more plus references”.
“In addition to covering nut trees used to promote wildlife diversity there is also a comprehensive chapter devoted to growth and flowering including issues of alternate bearing and fruit drop.”