2014 tree fruit workshop
The Promise of Fabulous Riches with the Tall Spindle Apple Orchard
John Clements, UMASS
This sessions consists of the essential principles and techniques for growing the tall spindle apple orchard.
SmartFresh Quality Systems
Heidi Davey, Agro-Fresh
Fireblight and Other Apple Diseases
Dr. Gerald Adams
The unexpected loss of Jonathan apples to a late fireblight epidemic will be discussed. Management tools to aid in avoiding future damage from fireblight and other diseases will be explored and online programs for predicting and managing disease will be demonstrated.
My Experience with the Apple Fruiting Wall
Jon Clements, UMASS
Beyond the tall spindle orchard, the apple fruiting wall promises even greater labor savings. This session will look at Jon's experience will the apple fruiting wall.
Mechanical Harvest of Cider Apples
Dr. Carol Miles, Washington State University
Sale of hard cider (fermented apple juice) has increased at a rate of 26% each year since 2006. In response to this new market opportunity, a cider industry is developing in the U.S. Hand harvest is a primary consideration for cider apple production. Mechanical harvest may be well suited to cider apples as bruising does not impact juice quality when fruit is pressed immediately after harvest. However, storage conditions post mechanical harvest can have an effect on juice quality.
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Jon Clements is an Extension Educator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst specializing in tree fruit. Previously he worked at the University of Vermont as a Research Technician, and at Michigan State University as Berrien County Extension Horticulture Agent. Jon's interests include commercial tree fruit production, integrated pest management, and applications to help with orchard management. Jon has traveled many places to learn more about modern orchard management, including New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
Dr. Gerald Adams is a plant pathologist that specializes in diseases of trees and forests but has also worked in nursery, greenhouse, Christmas tree, melon, cotton, and landscape plant diseases. He has worked as a plant pathologist in Alaska, California, Oregon, Michigan and Nebraska and spent 25 years at Michigan State University prior to moving to Nebraska.
Dr. Carol Miles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University, and is the Vegetable Specialist located at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. She specializes in vegetable crop production and has a strong interest in alternative crops and organic production. Carol has her Ph.D. in vegetable crops from Cornell University.