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Tree Fruit Growers Class – March 9, 2019

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Apple tree at Highmoor Farm; photo by Edwin RemsbergClass for Tree Fruit Growers

Saturday, March 9, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Snow Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Highmoor Farm, UMaine Agricultural Experiment Station, 52 US Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Venue Phone:  207.933.2100

No registration fee. Please preregister by contacting Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

Renae Moran will be teaching a primer on apple and peach production for commercial growers. In this class, fundamental cultural practices involved in producing tree fruits for commercial sale will be discussed.

Visit the Highmoor Farm website, for directions or cancellations.

1:00 PM  Starting an Orchard – Selecting varieties with consumer appeal and traits useful in production such as disease resistance, types of rootstocks for early bearing and tree size control, site selection to prevent environmental stresses

1:45 PM  Fruit Thinning Methods – Reasons for reducing crop load and common methods including chemical thinning

2:00 PM  Insects and Diseases – Common insect pests and diseases, spray materials for organic and conventional protection

2:30 PM  BREAK

2:45 PM  Pruning Principles – Types of pruning cuts and pruning styles

3:15 PM  Pruning Demonstration in the Orchard – Labor saving techniques, discussion of training systems

For special requests, please contact Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or email rmoran@maine.edu by February 23, 2019. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements; however, all requests will be considered.

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