Nice to see that. I spoke with DS a few times over the years. The last few emails I have from him show that his mental acuity is slipping. He has always been helpful which I have valued.
Most of the varieties he released overbear and most have relatively weak scab resistance. The possible exception is Huffman. I think Huffman has a lot of potential given current good scab resistance combined with large size and consistent yearly production.
Byrd combines a large nut with early maturity. This gives it very high appeal for the export market to China.
Morrill has potential because of extremely high percent kernel. I think it will be best adapted to the region from Albany south to central Florida. I have 2 trees, but am not counting on consistent production. I’ll use them for breeding work.
Tanner is a good pollinator for Forkert and has decent scab resistance. There are no other good pollinators for Forkert. This gives at least one very good reason to plant Tanner. It tends to overbear, but not so much as Morrill.
I don’t know anything about the new variety he plans to release. I had heard unofficially that there would be a release this year. A search of the patent database does not show a recent application. I’ll dig around online and see what turns up.
Consider emailing to ask if he has information that can be shared re the new variety.