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Course: Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year - Late Spring/Summer Orcharding


Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year

Guiding students throughout the production year with in-depth discussions and demonstrations of orcharding techniques needed on a seasonal basis.

Fee: Four-part series-$330. Orcharding section only (3 classes)-$250.  Individual classes-$95 each. All classes include beverages and lunch.
Date/ Time:        (See individual classes for details).
Location:             Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA

In this series of one-day workshops, we will cover the intricacies of apple and pear orcharding, providing students with information crucial to becoming a successful commercial producer. Training covers everything from evaluating the business plan, to starting an orchard, choosing plant material, orchard maintenance, and equipment needed.

The Orcharding section of this four-part series is led by fruit production expert Gary Moulton.  Gary worked in the Fruit Horticulture department of the Washington State University - Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center from 1980 to 2010.   In 1991 he took over the management, direction, and leadership of the Fruit Research program. He holds a Master’s Degree from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pomology/Fruit Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.


Late Spring/ Summer Orcharding

Date/ Time: May 17, 2014.  8:30 AM to 4:30PM.

It’s spring! Temperatures warm, buds break and the orchard comes back to life. Learn the importance of thinning- a technique used to maintain a consistent annual crop. Growth starts to speed up at this time of year:  learn how to keep trees in good form. Winter isn’t the only time to propagate trees –participants will learn how summer budding is accomplished using actively growing wood.   Ascertaining when apples are ripe for harvest will also be covered, as well as the latest on mechanical harvesting- a potential labor-saving device for cider apple growers.   Topics:

• Thinning
• Pest Control (monitoring & execution)
• Summer Pruning & Training
• Summer Budding
• Harvest Measures & Indices
• Soil Testing/Foliar Testing
• Mechanized Harvesting for Cider Apples

These courses are very popular and advanced reservations fill quickly.  Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability and registration. 360-336-3727.

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