Feb. 13, 2024

Orchard update Feb 2024

Orchard enthusiast Dave Gleason is here with another update from the heart of our high-density, modern orchard. Dave provides insights into how innovation and nature intertwine in our approach to orchard management.

Dave begins by highlighting the transition from traditional, three-dimensional orchard systems to high-density, vertically oriented layouts. These modern systems prioritize simplicity and efficiency, eliminating the need for intricate limb arrangements. Doing so makes tasks more manageable for workers, with platforms replacing ladders for enhanced safety despite the streamlined approach.

Orchard management is just one aspect of the agricultural landscape. Dave attended a meeting held by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, focusing on river operations and water management. In a desert region like the one we live in, water availability is a critical concern, directly influenced by weather patterns.

Water sources such as rivers, mountains, and reservoirs are subject to the unpredictable whims of Mother Nature. Each year brings new challenges, with fluctuating snowpack levels and rainfall patterns. Farmers in this region closely monitor river flows, reservoir levels, and snowpack data, which is vital for sustaining crops throughout the year. While the current conditions may seem favorable, vigilance remains essential, especially with spring approaching.

Despite the inability to control nature, there is beauty in embracing its fluctuations, and it is encouraged to find joy in the diversity and resilience of the natural world. While we embrace innovation, we must cherish the wonders the great outdoors provides.