Good Fruit Grower

April 01, 2017

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Page 2 of 55 GOOD FRUIT GROWER APRIL 1, 2017 3 Centerpiece: IFTA conference 22 From bud to bin Tree system architecture is a key topic at International Fruit Tree Association's conference and tours. 26 Together on tour Spending a wintry day visiting orchards and a packing plant. 30 Which comes first: Trellis or trees? Two growers explain their different approaches during orchard visits. 32 What's your ideal system? Grower Mike Robinson shares his experimental approaches in the field to IFTA attendees. 34 Nourishing new orchards Industry experts share fertilizer tips to maximize young tree growth. 37 Trends & tastes Domestic and global markets hold promising opportunities for apple growers. Are you ready? Irrigation & Nutrients 6 Not nearly enough Northeast rainfall Growers in normally rainy region are coming around to the idea of irrigation installations. 10 Too hot to handle calcium Weather reduces effectiveness of calcium sprays in Eastern U.S. 12 Healthy cherries Diagnostic tools will prevent you from paying too much for fertilizer. The essential resource for growers TJ MULLINAX/GOOD FRUIT GROWER Nova Scotia growers, from left, Travis Pearson, Timothy and Andrew Stirling, and Alex Sarsfield discuss the availability of trees and rootstock over a bin at Willow Drive Nursery in Ephrata, Washington, during the International Fruit Tree Association's 60th annual conference in February. Our coverage of the IFTA conference and grower tours begins on Page 22.

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