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William Reid

Reid, WilliamAssociate Professor of Nut Tree Crops, Director of Pecan Experiment Field - Chetopa Pecan Experiment Field
8960 SW 90th Street
Chetopa,KS 67336


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.

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Bio Brief

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.


Thompson, T.E., L.J. Grauke, and W. Reid. 2008. ‘Lakota’ pecan. HortScience 43(1):250-251.

Thompson, T.E., L.J. Grauke, and W. Reid. 2008. ‘Lakota’ and recent pecan releases. Proc. Western Pecan growers Association.42:22-29

Reid, W. 2009. Native pecans respond to weather extremes. Pecan South 42(10):10-13

Reid, W. 2009. Stalking minor pests. Pecan South 42(6): 4-5

Reid, W. 2009. Training young pecan trees. Pecan South 42(2):12-14.

Reid, W. 2008. The rhythm of the seasons. Pecan South 41(10): 7-8.

Reid, W. 2008. Native thinking. Pecan South 41(6):7-8.

Reid, W. 2008. Lessons learned from the “07 Easter freeze. Pecan South 41(2):10-11.

Reid, W. 2008. Response of northern pecans to the 2007 Easter Freeze. MNGA Newsletter 8(2):4-5.

Reid, W. 2008. Pecan cultivar response to 2007 Spring freeze. MNGA Newsletter 8(2):5.