Associate Professor of Nut Tree Crops, Director of Pecan Experiment Field - Chetopa Pecan Experiment Field
8960 SW 90th Street
Area(s) of Specialization:
Management of Native Pecans, Production of Pecans in Northern States, Biology and Management of Pecan Pests, Production of Black Walnut as a Nut Crop.
At the Pecan Experiment Field in Southeastern Kansas, Dr. Reid works with producers in the heart of the Midwest's pecan industry. His applied research and extension program is designed to solve critical production problems faced by growers in this region. Dr. Reid states, “I get great satisfaction from seeing growers do well…I make sure my research program provides the tools pecan growers need to become successful and remain profitable.”
Dr. Reid's work reaches pecan growers across the country. He also holds field days and workshops to bring hands-on instruction directly to growers. “Over the years, we have developed a culture of life-long learning where growers profit from our research, which is focused on the concerns of Midwestern pecan producers”, Reid emphasizes.
B.S. Horticulture, Rutgers University, 1978
M.S. Soil Science, North Carolina State University, 1980
Ph.D. Entomology, Oklahoma State University, 1993
Area of Emphasis
Dr. Reid’s research interests include creating sustainable production systems for native pecans; developing pecan cultivars and orchard systems for producers in KS, MO, and IL; and domesticating black walnut for orchard nut production.
Lynch, K., K Koppel, and W. Reid. 2016. Sensory profiles and seasonal variation od black walnut cultivars. J. Food Sci.; In press
Magnuson, S., K. Koppel, W. Reid, and E. Chambers. 2015. Pecan flavor changes during storage. J. Amer. Pomological Society 69:204-214.
Reid, W. The phenology of early fruit ripening in pecan. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1070:27-32 http://www.actahort.org/books/1070/1070_2.htm
Thomas, A.L., W.R. Reid, and T.J. Sauer. 2015. Establishment and early development of 'Kanza', 'Peruque', and other pecan cultivars in northern U.S. growing regions. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1070:143-147. http://www.actahort.org/books/1070/1070_16.htm
Reid, W. and A.L. Thomas. 2013. Influence of foliar fertilization on black walnut foliar zinc levels and nut production. pp. 101-105. In: J.W. Van Sambeek, E.A. Jackson, M.V. Coggeshall, A.L. Thomas and C.H. Michler, eds. Managing fine hardwoods after a half century of research: Proc. Seventh Walnut Council Research Symposium. U.S. Dept. Agriculture, Forest Service, Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-115. 106 p.