2013 fruit workshop
Sweet cherry production has been rising at a rapid pace over the past decade all over the world. Strong demand is being met with increased efficiencies made possible by new rootstocks, new varieties, new production systems, and new strategies to reduce climatic risks and increase premium fruit production.
Growing Tree Fruits in High Tunnels
Growing fruit trees in protected environments such as high tunnels can provide production consistency for high value markets, reduced climatic risks, and high quality fruit. However, it requires a detailed knowledge of fruit tree production strategies to extract the most value for the increased initial orchard investment.
Orchard Irrigation Equipment
I will discuss different kinds of products for orchard irrigation use; including dripperlines, microsprinklers, valves, controllers, and pump stations.
Orchard Irrigation Systems-Drip Irrigation Designs
I will discuss different kinds of products for orchard drip and microsprinkler systems; including determining how much water you need, and sizing of pumps, dripperlines, and valves.
Greg Lang earned his B.S. at the University of Georgia, his graduate degrees at UC-Davis, and has served on the horticulture faculties at Louisiana, Washington, and Michigan State Universities. He has worked in tree fruit production and environmental stress physiology, variety and rootstock evaluation, and innovative production systems, specializing in sweet cherries. Greg has traveled to all continents except Antarctica to speak and consult on cherry research and high tunnel fruit production and has authored more than 100 research and industry articles on cherries. In 2005, American Fruit Grower magazine listed him among their 100 Innovative Horticulturists of the Past 125 Years.
Craig Pisarkiwicz has been working in the wholesale irrigation/plumbing supply business since 1974. He was a mechanical engineering major at Missouri S&T and has been designing and selling Drip irrigation products since 1981. Craig is a Certified Irrigation Designer in Agricultural Drip Irrigation through the Irrigation Association. He is currently an Irrigation Designer and Outside Salesman for MPR Supply Company in St. Louis. Additionally, he is the Immediate Past President of the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis as well as a Board Member of the St. Louis Hort Co-op.