The Missouri Nut Growers Association promotes and supports the growing of nut trees, both as a hobby and commercially, throughout Missouri. Membership is open to those interested in nut tree culture and in sharing their experiences with other members. Our quarterly newsletter includes information about current nut orchard conditions, the performance of various cultivars, nut tree pests, and productions techniques. We meet several times each year and our annual grafting field day has helped many individuals learn how to transform a young wild tree into a cultivar that produces a higher quality nut. This web site will provide an introduction to nuts produced in Missouri as well as links to sites where you can find additional information.
Although our primary focus is on tree nuts, many of our members are also interested in a variety of other native fruit producers with potential commercial value and we’ve included information about some of these on this site.
As detailed in the Summer Issue of the MNGA Newsletter, the consensus opinion of the growers, researchers, regulators, and educators attending the June 13-15 Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) meeting is that there is room for cautious optimism that TCD will not be as virulent in the native range of the black walnut as has been seen in the western states. The fungus, carried by the walnut twig beetle, can kill black walnut trees when the tree suffers a massive attack by a large number of the tiny beetles.
Video from the June 13-15 TCD meeting presentations is now available online at:
MNGA members convene annually in Missouri on the first Friday and Saturday in February. Crackers process nuts submitted for the Annual Nut Show on Friday with results announced at the annual business meeting on Saturday. Our meeting features lots of fellowship and information exchange.
May brings our field day which features grafting demonstrations and exchange of scion wood from improved cultivars...trees which produce nuts withoutstanding quality and/or disease resistance. These two events are standard fare but members schedule other meetings, such as a harvest-related meeting in the fall, when there is sufficient interest.
Our Board of Directors includes nut growers, both small and large, and University researchers.
Vern Spaunhorst, President Merlin Ring, President-elect Mike Lucas, Secretary/Treasurer Paul Manson, Grower Aaron Templemier, Grower Jerry Van Sambeek, Past-president and Researcher Sara Jean Peters, Webmaster and Editor
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