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Webinar Schedule

Live instruction for 2024 has concluded. You are welcome to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next live session in Winter 2025.​​ All webinars are recorded and posted here in your online classroom to watch anytime. Building off feedback from previous course years, we supplemented this course with additional webinar content this year. Look for this in weeks 4 and 5. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future live offerings of the course as well. Please join us!

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introduction, tree fruit botany, orchard venture analysis and business planning

Topics covered: Course overview, tree fruit botany and pollination requirements, evaluation of orchard goals, business planning

Week 2: Site evaluation, ground prep, and establishment

Topics covered: Site considerations for orchards, pre-planting site modifications

Week 3: Varieties, rootstocks, and training systems

Topics covered: Appropriate fruit cultivars and rootstocks for the region and market, review of orchard training systems

Week 4: Cultural management considerations

Topics covered: Pruning, tree training, thinning, and nutrient management

Week 5: Integrated Pest Management 

Topics covered: Sustainable management of insect pests, tree diseases and weeds in the orchard

Week 6: Harvest and Marketing

Topics covered: Ripening physiology, harvest planning, cold storage, marketing your fruit

Webinar Participants' Guide

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf
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