Science Behind Horticulture Training in Spanish
Presenters for this hands-on workshop are Mario Miranda Sazo, Cornell Extension Fruit Specialist, and Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, Penn State Food Safety, IPM and Water Quality, Extension Educator. Mario and Maria are esteemed speakers for the Spanish session at the Mid- Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, and at the request of program participants, have agreed to lead this interactive field training focused on the “Science Behind Horticulture.”
Weather permitting, most of the program will be in the field. Lunch will be at the at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University Dr., Biglerville, PA. The program and lunch are free but we ask that you preregister by November 9, 2017
The science of pruning young, semi-young, and more mature high density apple plantings
Benefits and strategies for proper pruning, corrective pruning, minimal pruning, and limb renewal pruning of tall spindle apple trees. Use of an orchard platform and electric pruners will be demonstrated.
Principles of Integrated Fruit Production—a holistic approach to orchard management
Hands-on training on ground cover and weed management, fall clean-up practices to suppress disease spread the following season, vertebrate scouting and management, and practices that favor native pollinators and beneficial insects and mites. This session will qualify for 1 category credit.
Understanding the basics of strict crop load management for high value apple cultivars
Review of how the number of fruit that remain on a tree directly affects yield, fruit size, the quality of fruit that are harvested, and return bloom. Practical discussions will address hand thinning, fruit distribution, and light penetration/distribution for large fruited varieties like Honeycrisp and for small fruited varieties like Gala.
This project is supported by a USDA-NIFA beginning farmer initiative, Grant #2015-70017-22852.
J. Craig Williams