Jan. 25, 2024

Orchard Update: Episode 54

In this Orchard Update, Dave Gleason explains the winter activity of shaping orchards for optimal harvest. As trees enter their seasonal slumber, the team actively adjusts the crop load, aiming to optimize production and quality.

With each tree strategically positioned within the orchard, Dave and his team calculate the desired apple count per acre, tree density, and system efficiency. Winter's pruning includes the removal of aging and pendent wood, emphasizing lateral branches for healthier and more flavorful apples.

Dave talks about nature's tendency to fill open spaces and prompts the team to reshape the tree structure, preventing shaded fruit and ensuring an even light distribution. Considerations for each bud are taken to ensure a vibrant spring bloom without overcrowding. Winter pruning isn't merely a task but a crucial responsibility determining the orchard's success.