Joel Carter: To earn a harvest boon, you must winter prune

It may surprise many to learn that winter is a very busy time of the year for orchardists. While our trees aren’t growing, the irrigation isn’t running, and we can’t break ground to plant trees, we have perhaps the single largest job of any successful orchard – winter pruning. When apple trees are dormant, orchardists have the opportunity to manage everything from crop load, fruit size, and tree vigor, to correcting tree posture. We do this through carefully cutting the trees during winter pruning. Amongst apple growers, pruning is a form of art. It isn’t something that can be simply
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