Pecan Grafting Season

Home Grown  by Keith Reed
Pecans are an important Oklahoma crop. Annual production can vary widely depending on the year but we typically rank in the top six or seven states in the country in total pecan production. It is interesting to note that even though our total production is high, we are a bit of an outlier when compared to other pecan producing states in that the majority of our nuts come from native pecans, not improved varieties as is the norm.

Improved pecan trees are produced by grafting a desirable variety on to the rootstock of a native pecan. Simply planting an improved nut, such as Pawnee, will not guarantee the grower a Pawnee producing tree.

Attempting to successfully graft a tree can be a bit intimidating. It is one of those things that can easily be written about and described-in theory. In actual practice, it is a balance of art and science with learning from a master and practice being the best teachers. Timing is also critical as the window for a successful graft opportunity is only open for a brief time every year. That window is fast approaching for this season.

The OSU Payne County Extension Office is offering you an opportunity to learn this art from a master. On Thursday, April 20th at 6:30PM at the Payne County Expo Center, local pecan legend Dick Hoffman will be demonstrating proper grafting techniques as well as sharing some of his secrets that have made him successful pecan grower for over 50 years. If you have purchased locally grown pecans, there is a good chance Dick may have had a hand in the production of that nut. From teaching, to grafting, to supplying graftwood, to processing, Dick has done it all.

This program (
download flyer here) is free and open to everyone. We would appreciate an advance registration call so we can adequately plan for the crowd. Please call the Extension office at 405-747-8320 and let us know you plan on attending. Graftwood of varieties suitable for Payne County will be available for purchase.

For more information of this or any other horticultural topic, you can contact Keith Reed, the Horticulturist in the Payne County Extension office. Keith can be reached via email at, phone at 405-747-8320, or in person at the Payne County Extension office, located at 315 W. 6th in Stillwater.

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