Organic Orchard Planning

Planning the Organic Orchard – PDF
This fact sheet is written to assist the small-scale commercial tree fruit grower in the upper Midwest who is planning at least one half-acre of orchard to be managed organically.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Pruning Mature Apples and Pears
A neglected but otherwise healthy tree will show improvement in fruit quality as a result of pruning. Pruning increases sunlight penetration, removes less productive wood and shapes the crown into an efficient, stable form.


Floor Management

Hogs used to control weed competition and dropped fruit from organic orchards – PDF
This study supports the use of hogs to control weed and grass growth in an orchard. But this potential method for orchard floor vegetation control in organic systems still requires work to determine if grazing times can be altered to improve disease, rodent and insect control.