Pecan Breeding Program

The University of Georgia established a pecan breeding program in 1998. The ultimate goal of this breeding program is to develop pecan cultivars adapted for use in the humid southeastern U.S. Potential new cultivars are selected on the basis of large nut size, good cracking and shelling characteristics, early nut maturity, light colored kernels, and a cluster size small enough to ensure adequate filling. Resistance or tolerance to major insect and disease pests, especially pecan scab, are also major goals.

The purpose of this website is to provide information to commercial and home pecan growers to help them in selecting the best pecan cultivar for their situation. The cultivar information page gives you some information on what to look for in a pecan cultivar. Our cultivar pages provide pictures and descriptions of pecan cultivars we have tested in our trial orchards. On the presentations and papers pages, you can read and view information from past publications we have made. The internet is a great source of information on all facets of pecan culture. Finally, contact us if you need further information or have questions about what you have read here.

Learn more about the Pecan Breeding Program

Program Coordinator

Patrick J. Conner Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecan breeding
Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)