Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide

Webinar Schedule

Wed Jan 13, 2021 from 6:30-8pm Eastern, and every Wed after that until the final webinar on Wed Feb 17.

We'll begin each week by reviewing last week's material, discussion, and quiz, with lecture for the current week beginning at 6:45pm. To access the webinars, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in each week of the course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for that webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you. You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the Zoom app. Then, along with the webinar join link each week, we'll post the meeting ID. This is a 9-digit number you would need to enter in your Zoom app to join the live session with us.

Weekly Topics

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

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

Week 2: Site evaluation, ground prep, and establishment

Topics covered: Site considerations for orchards, pre-planting site modification, orchard planning

Week 3: Varieties, rootstocks, and training systems

Topics covered: Appropriate fruit cultivars and rootstocks for the region and market, choice of planting systems and initial management considerations

Week 4: Cultural management considerations

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

Week 5: Integrated Pest Management 

Topics covered: Sustainable management of insect and disease pests in the orchard

Week 6: Harvest

Topics covered: Ripening physiology, harvest planning, crop load management, cold storage, marketing

Webinar Participants' Guide

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf