New walnut variety permits early harvest

UC Davis scientists have bred a new walnut assortment developed to supply growers with a way to harvest earlier and improve the effectiveness of the state’s $1.6 billion walnut market. Graphic by Janine Hasey

published on January 21, 2021 – 1:13 PM
Created by The Enterprise Journal Staff

UC Davis researchers have bred a new walnut variety built to present growers with a way to harvest previously and strengthen the effectiveness of the state’s $1.6 billion walnut market.

The new “UC Wolfskill” has a produce, top quality and coloration identical to Chandler, the late-harvesting walnut wide variety that at this time prospects in California. UC Wolfskill was bred in 2003 from a cross of Chandler and Solano walnuts, which have an previously harvest day and a very similar kernel fill to the new breed.

“The launch of UC Wolfskill implies growers can unfold out their harvest and continue to have a actually higher-high-quality nut that will fetch best-notch price ranges and deliver similar yields,” stated Pat J. Brown, breeder and professor with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences.

Around 99% of the nation’s walnuts are developed in California and much more than half of the state’s bearing acres are Chandlers.