Many of our customers know our pecan varieties by name. I’m convinced they are so pleased with the unique characteristics of their preferred nut that they ask for them by name year after year.
Our two most popular varieties, Choctaw and Cheyenne, are also the most difficult to grow. But take heart Choctaw and Cheyenne lovers. Your nut of preference is well on its way to becoming the highest quality we’ve produced in a long time.
Take a look at this cluster of Choctaws
The shell just under the surface is fully developed indicating that this is as big as these nuts will get this year and I’m just fine with that. They are huge.
This cluster of Cheyennes is equally impressive
Though genetically smaller than Choctaw I’m still quite pleased with their development and I think you’re really going to enjoy this super thin-shelled nut this fall.
All that remains in the final weeks of the growing season is for the kernels to fill the void inside and for that to happen the trees need plenty of water.
Part of the reason for a successful season is the ample rain we received in the spring which continued deep into the summer. Now that the rain has stopped our irrigation system has been running non-stop and though we can’t irrigate all 500 acres at once our rotation schedule has proven satisfactory.
Take a look at the inside of this Cheyenne nut.
See the water? This water is future kernel and as long as the trees get adequate moisture for the next six weeks the kernels will grow to be thick and plump producing the golden Cheyenne kernels you have come to expect with this variety.
In anticipation of the upcoming harvest we are already prepping the orchard floor.
We’ve removed fallen limbs, cleared the ground directly under the canopy, and kept the grassy middles cut short.
Come out to the farm any Saturday at 12:30 and one of our tour guides will be happy to show you what is going on in the orchard right now and whet your appetite for those tasty kernels from the variety you love best. Get your tickets HERE for the farm tour or purchase your tour ticket HERE for a tour with me for the 2nd Saturday Orchard Manager's Tour!
Andy Sherrod, Orchard Manager
Royalty Pecan Farms