The following is from an email to the NZWIG committee from Mike C. He was responding to the fact that the committee is considering planning a special general meeting to enable the next round of discussion and decision on importing trial cultivars. With Mike’s permission and on the suggestion of our president the message is posted here to enable discussion. Please use the comment facilities here to express your opinion, or speak to a committee member.
In respect to the importation of new a new cultivar [or cultivars] I feel that if we have a SGM (Special General Meeting) on this matter that all information should be tabled well before the meeting so that members can study and analysis it. At the meeting no new data or information should be introduced. However issues concerning new cultivars other than those considered for importation should not be avoided nor should issues arising from the growing of other new cultivars.
To be able to make appropriate and correct decisions all the peripheral info and data issues need to be tabled prior to the meeting. If the answers are not known then that should be clearly and concisely stated and where possibly the reason, or reasons, for the unknown should be provided. The extent of this periphal info and data might require brianstorming sessions or some prior consultation with members known to be on both sides of the importation arguement. If this is not done correctly then there is a possibility that unforseen arguements may arise at the time of the meeting. The side issues are important and should not be sidelined, they will not go away regadless of the the decision the Group makes so they need to be correctly and appropriately addressed in an open forum. All information and data provide should have both the pros and cons stated. There should be no bias or skewing presented in a discussion document.
The following lists are some of the issues that may arise and should not in any way be suppressed
Climatic variationGrowth ratesEffect of wind on this / these new treesShelter requirements for this / these new tressSoil type differences and the effect of treesNutrient dominance or deficiency effect on trees at variuos stages of growthDisease and pestsResistance to coddling mothEffect on trees of other diseases not yet known in NZBlight resistancePollinationPollination success ratesPolinators neededEarly, mid reason or late floweringEffect of frost on this / these new treesEffects of drought or soil wetness [or levels of water application or miosture tolerance]Crop Yeild [from adolesence to adult trees]Crop dataCrack out ratioStorage [Reduction in kernal quality of given time spans in NZ conditions]Tree GrowthTree shape and planting spacingPruning regimes available to growers for best yeildGrafting success rate [if known from overseas sources]Any particular root stockTree growth rates [anticipated in NZ and NZ regions, known in other country /. regions]THIS LIST SHOULD BE REGARDED AS IMCOMPLETE.Is this tree / these trees likely to be successfully in specific areas of NZAlso has any progress been made on the quality of other trees and crop from other NZ regions.Has any progress been made to discover if this cultivar [or cultivars] already exist in NZIs this tree [or these trees] new and if so what is the history of its / their development.What is the marketing value of this / these new nuts and their value added productsWhat arguments are going to be employed to convince new growers to plant this / these cultivars instead of the existing cultivars of known quality.What arguement, or arguements, is/are going to used to convince the consuming public that THIS IS SOMETHING NEW