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Orchard Management

High density planting of apples using Tall Spindle system. (credit: B. Barritt, WSU emeritus)
High density planting of apples using Tall Spindle system. (credit: B. Barritt, WSU emeritus)

Orchard management covers a broad range of practices designed to maximize the production of high quality fruit and profitability per unit land area.  Key decisions prior to developing a new orchard site include whether the production methods will employ conventional or organic practices.  Further, decisions need to be made to find the optimal site, prepare the site for planting and to ensure that there is a sufficient water supply.  Pages in this section refer to the fundamental aspects of orchard establishment, soils and nutrition, pruning and training systems, irrigation management, orchard floor management, pollination, crop load management, harvest and automated systems.

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