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Dates: Imported and American Varieties of Dates in the United States

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Dates: Imported and American Varieties of Dates in the United States is Roy W. Nixon's unpublished manuscript (1955) on American varieties of dates and borrows liberally from his 1950 work on imported varieties of dates. Donald R. Hodel and Dennis V. Johnson have edited and updated the information from both these accounts and added critical background information, drawing upon such disciplines as history, botany, economics and horticulture. Their intention is to provide for the first time a comprehensive account of all of the varieties of dates and the date palm industry in the United States.

This book is divided into five parts. Part one is the introduction and part two describes the botany of the date palm and its various organs. These two sections provide background information critical to understanding the past, present, and future of the date industry in the United States and to identifying and describing date varieties. Part three describes the commercial imported varieties of dates and part four describes all American date varieties. Although culture is usually discussed under each variety, general information about date culture and management is included in part five.


I. History, trends, and current production of dates in the United States

II. The Date Palm: History & botany, Characteristics

III. Imported date Varieties: Major & monor commercial imported varieties

IV. American date varieties: Commercial & non-commercial, addendum

V. Date culture and management: Climate, soils, propagation, water & irrigation, fertilizer, pruning, pollination, fruit thinning, bunch management, fruit growth & damage form climate, protecting fruit from rain, harvesting, diseases, disorders and pests.

Five Appendices:

A. Roy Wesley Nixon: Professional biography & publications

B. Date fruit grading in the United States

C. Date palm germplasm resources in CA and AZ

D. Dichotomous key to the major & commercial American & imported varieties of dates

E. Major, minor, and other non-commercial imported varieties of dates

Based on the works of Roy W Nixon, Editors: Donald R Hodel & Dennis V Johnson, UC-ANR, 2007, 112 p, color photos, soft.  $25.00


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