Walnut Hybrids, a genetic cross. Again a mule. I have yet to find one that is worthy of propagation. Nut production is almost nil. Male pollen is sterile and the few nuts that are produced are inferior to both their parents.
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Pursian, Carpathian, or English walnut. Not suited for the MidWest, subject to early spring frost and many leaf diseases. Keep testing but so far none show much promise.
Heartnut. Shows some promise. So far Conka has proven the most reliable although not the best for nut quality. Keep trying.
Chinese chestnut. Grows and does well. For commercial quality you will need a spray schedule.
Hickory nuts. Shell and Shag. Both do well in this area. I recommend grafting them on Pecan rootstock. Must be very selective in variety selection as some are shy producers. Some are prone to weevil infestion. Weschcke is a high quality shagbark from Minnesota highly recommended for home use only, it is too small forcommercial use. Grafts readily to bitternut hickory. Matures mid August, never a weevil.
Filberts/hazel nuts. Not really recommended. Some will produce meager crops but are subject spring freezes, pollination problems, and diseases.
Paw Paw. Do really well in this area. Plant in full sun for best production. May need sun protection the first year or two, use a tree shelter. Graft or buy grafted varieties. I recommend using seedlings and grafting after they become established, one of the easiest to graft. Sunflower and NC-1 are good choices.
Persimmon, american. Excellent for this area. I have most of the improved varieties. I recommend Garretson, Weber, Claypool I-94. Several others show promise. Very easy to graft. I have also tried some of the Russian American/orential hybrids but they really are only marginal producers.
This is an example of 10 plus wasted years trying to grow the pursian walnut. Grafted on black walnut rootstock. Cut off just below the graft. A blackwalnut scion put back on the rootstock. Growth after 3-4 years. Changed back to blackwalnut.
This is the new pattern for nut cracker gears. This is the bottom, hot metal is poured through sprues in the top portion of the pattern plate.
Shop building down town Sarcoxie, accross from fire station on Cross street.