Apple trees are trained to various central leader-systems. The most productive systems utilize trees on dwarfing rootstocks that have either a stake or trellis for support.
The multi-disciplinary tree fruit and grape extension team works with stakeholder advisors to implement research-based programs to ensure a production-to-consumer system that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Tree fruit and grape growers representing 35,000 acres of production told us in post-program surveys how their interaction with Extension impacts their operations.
AGRS-099. This 186-page guide, which replaces AGRS-60, Small-Scale Fruit Production, is a resource for people with one acre or less who wish to produce fruit on a small scale and who are not legally licensed to use pesticides. A hard copy version of this publication can be purchased for $12 + shipping and handling.
UJ255. This 12-page publication provides information on a few successful propagation methods that can be used on fruit trees. Wrapping and waxing, collecting scion wood, types of grafting or budding--bench grafting, cleft graft, bark and inlay grafts, budding, shield or T-budding, and chip budding--are discussed. Also included are photographs and a list of grafting supply resources.
AGRS-045. This production guide provides commercial fruit growers, extension educators, consultants, and others with information on fruit tree culture; orchard nutrition; spraying; pesticides; storage of tree fruit crops; marketing; and control of weeds, insects, diseases, and mice. The guide is available as either a PDF or hard copy version.