About - Swarm Breeding
Perennial Crop Breeder in Minnesota - http://www.badgersett.com/. Advisor to OSE on nut breeding.
MJ sez - Badgersett is a seminal institution in the sense that nobody else that we know of is engaging in large-scale Swarm Breeding of nut crops with an explicit mission of providing a viable perennial alternative to corn and soybeans by means of hazelnuts and chestnuts. See more about his book - http://badgersettresearch.blogspot.com/p/the-book-is-here.html
To Parker -
Michael Gold - Missouri Center For Agroforestry
Nov 7, 2023.
I have been familiar with Badgersett since the 1980’s.
I have a Ph.D. in tree improvement and forest genetics dating back to 1984.
I am familiar, for example, with the fact that the Arbor Day Foundation headquarters in Nebraska City, NE, planted out thousands of Badgersett hazelnuts a few decades ago.
A tiny fraction of those seedlings turned out to have any commercial value.
While I have a lot of respect for Phil Rutter’s original concept of Woody Agriculture, I have also dedicated my entire career over the past 40 years to working in agroforestry with woody perennials, I would not recommend working with Badgersett genetics in Missouri. Frankly, there is just better genetic material available for your future needs.
The MU Center for Agroforestry has been testing out Chinese chestnut cultivars at our research farm in New Franklin since the late 1990’s (I have worked directly with this germplasm over the past two decades) and in recent years, my colleague, Dr. Ron Revord the Center’s nut breeder and geneticist, has taken over this research and also brought a major collection of genetically superior hybrid hazelnut to our research farm.
We also are on the verge of releasing improved cultivars of native black walnut (selected specifically for nut production, not timber), another nut tree we have worked with since the late 1990’s.
My recommendation would be to contact Dr. Revord and his Senior Research Specialist, Nick Meier, to arrange a visit to the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin.
I believe it will be worth your time and effort down the road.
Mike - GoldM at missouri dot edu