Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thank You !!!

The first Vaughn Family Pecan Farm Seminar was a huge success. We wish to thank all of our attendees for a successful program. We also want to extend a huge thank you to our seminar sponsors whose assistance made the seminar possible! After we have had time to relax and recover from a long day we will begin plans for the next one. We are debating when that will be. Your comments as you were leaving, and the notes we have received from you afterward convinced us that this type of program was wanted and needed. We don't guarantee that we will do this yearly - our fear is not to foster a burnout or feeling that we hold these too frequently yet we don't want to have too large of a gap between events. Our current thought is to host the next seminar in three years - certainly no more frequent than every two years.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Seminar Registration is Closed

We have closed the registration period for attending the 2016 Vaughn Family Pecan Farm Seminar. We thank you for your interest.

Speaker Spotlight - James R. McKenna

We are pleased to present another profile of one of our featured speakers - James R. McKenna.

His current research interests... In cooperation with public and private forestry nurseries, creation of seed orchards for the production of improved seed for black walnut, black cherry, and northern red oak seed. Development of novel and valuable hybrid walnut selections. In cooperation with the American Chestnut Foundation, creation of two chestnut blight resistant seed orchards for Indiana. Development of butternut canker resistant seed orchards for landowners in much of the Central Hardwood Region. Utilize DNA markers and current progeny tests to develop 2nd generation seed orchards for additional improvement and future seed orchards. Separate butternut hybrids from pure butternut and conserve an adequate genetic base for long term restoration of butternut. Develop white oak and northern red oak planting stock with precocity (early acorn production) and high acorn yield to provide mast for wildlife.

HTIRC's main objective is the production of quality planting stock for public and private landowners who are interested in reforestation and for the fine hardwood timber companies interested in utilizing plantation grown timber. By developing advanced lines of improved planting stock, the outcome of our research will increase the profitability of plantation forestry and provide future economic benefits to the fine hardwood forestry industry in the United States. Our attention to conserve and maintain genetic diversity in our breeding populations will help promote long term sustainability of these hardwood species for future reforestation.
Mr. KcKenna's current research...
  1. Tree improvement of black walnut, black cherry, northern red oak, butternut, American chestnut, and figured sugar maple that will increase productivity through improved growth rate, timber form, wood quality, and resistance to exotic disease.
  2. Identify and conserve butternut throughout the Central Hardwood Region.
  3. Clonal forestry of walnut comparing grafted advanced selections vs. seedlings.
  4. Utilize neutral genetic DNA markers for managing breeding stock and for mating control of open-pollinated breeding populations.
  5. Develop robust and reliable progeny test methods for walnut, northern red oak, and black cherry field trials.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

One week left to register.

Only one week remains to register for the 2016 Vaughn Family Pecan Farm Seminar.    The number of attendees has risen greatly as the deadline nears.  Don't be left out.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Seminar Registration Closes Soon

Reminder!  Seminar registration will close on August 30th. We will not take any more registrations after that time as we have to commit to meals with the caterer who is preparing lunch.

Seminar Topic - L J Grauke, Ph.D.

For a number of years the Vaughn Family Pecan Farm has worked with the Pecan breeding program at College Station, Texas. Seminar attendees can expect to hear Dr. L J Grauke make comments on our relationship with the Pecan program.

From Dr. Grauke...
“Pecan cultivars and rootstocks in the North”

Knowledge of genetic differences between native stands influences conservation practices, seed procurement boundaries for nurseries, choice of parents used for making crosses in breeding, and recognition of cultivars having necessary traits for each of the targeted pecan growing regions. Improved tree performance and increased orchard productivity result when appropriately adapted rootstocks and scion cultivars are selected and managed well by local orchardists. Methods of evaluation and criteria of selection are being refined by the development of improved methods of phenotypic and genotypic selection. These methods will result in improved efficiency within the breeding program, which will increase the delivery of genetically improved material to the pecan production industry. Application of these concepts will be made in relation to USDA ARS selections under test at the Vaughn Farm in Indiana, particularly 1964-04- 0002 (‘Choctaw’ X ‘Major’), 1975-08-0005 (‘Osage’ X ‘Creek’), and 2000-01- 0027 (1986-03- 0319 [a ‘Cheyenne’ X ‘Pawnee’ seedling] X NC-4).

Speaker Spotlight - L J Grauke, Ph.D.

We are proud to present a profile for L J Grauke - one of our guest seminar speakers..

L J Grauke, Ph.D.
Curator, National Collection of Genetic Resources for Pecans and Hickories (NCGR-Carya)
Research Horticulturist, USDA ARS Pecan Breeding & Genetics Program
10200 FM 50
Somerville, Texas 77879

L J Grauke is Curator of the National Collection of Genetic Resources for Pecans and Hickories (NCGR-Carya). The collection is the major germplasm repository for the genus Carya in the United States, and is dedicated to the collection, maintenance, evaluation, characterization and distribution of world genetic resources for that genus. Research includes practical aspects of species identification, designation, distribution, site adaptation, phenology, and relationships with associated insects and diseases. He has made collections of pecans and hickories in Mexico, Vietnam, and China as well as throughout the United States, developing and maintaining the living collections that comprise the NCGR -Carya. He has worked to develop reliable molecular genetic markers to characterize the geographic distribution of genetic diversity across the genus.

Grauke is Research Horticulturist for the USDA-ARS Pecan Breeding & Genetics program. The major objective of that program is the development of improved pecan cultivars and rootstocks for all U.S. production areas. Controlled crosses are made using selected parents, and the resulting seedlings are carefully evaluated in nursery orchards. Selected individuals with outstanding performance are propagated in test orchards within the program and in cooperator orchards, where their performance is compared to commercial standards of the production industry. He contributed to the release of ‘Oconee’, ‘Houma’, ‘Navaho’, ‘Kanza’, ‘Hopi’, ‘Nacono’, ‘Waco’, ‘Lakota’, ‘Mandan’, ‘Apalachee’ and ‘Lipan’. In addition to the routine evaluation of selections under test, research is also conducted for the improvement of selection criteria using standard field observations and molecular genetic techniques.