Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
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.
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