Unfortunately the answers to many questions about why and how fruit trees grow and produce fruit are found in scientific journals. These are not written for orchardists.
Understand fruit trees: new orchard manual that enriches grower knowledge
Grower magazines, seminars, conferences and field days are supposed to translate much of the results from the scientific work.
Extension officers, representatives of chemical companies and consultants all play their parts in bridging the gulf between the researcher and the ultimate user, you, the fruit grower. But are we doing this well enough?
Fundamentals needed for progress
Producing fruit successfully in today's competitive world–market, requires that you constantly aim to maximise crop value by optimising yield, maximising fruit quality, and improving production efficiency.
To achieve these goals you must integrate new production technologies with your fundamental knowledge of tree performance.
Fundamental knowledge of tree performance often means going back to the basics of how fruit trees grow and produce fruit.
Grower understanding is key
It takes an entire chain of events to grow the fruit and then guide it from the tree to the packing house and the supermarket shelf. But it all begins with the fruit grower.
You must make the early decisions on how you plan to obtain the best yields of the highest quality fruit, while keeping cost of production to a minimum.
The pressure for tomorrow is to be more productive than today. To survive in the 21st century, fruit growers must produce more and better fruit, for less.
'Knowledge' needed to maximise productivity
We are at a time when all aspects of fruit production have become management, and information intensive. You have to have the knowledge about fruit production—and know how to use it.
Knowledge is fundamental for problem solving and maximizing resources in the orchard.
Manual aims to enrich grower knowledge
Our latest orchard manual, Understand Fruit Trees is written to enrich your knowledge—it provides the basic information needed to help you manage cultural practices in a timely manner, and to make more informed decisions.
It is an adjunct to the other orchard manuals written by the same author.
Understand Fruit Trees links sunlight, root growth, soil and water so you can see the big picture. This will equip you with enough basic knowledge to make sound decisions.
Understand Fruit Trees is written by Bas van den Ende.
For more information or to buy this manual, see the Understand Fruit Trees page
See this article in Tree Fruit July 2019