Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just in from the University of Idaho


Irrigation Research at Parma bears fruit
Parma--Consumer choice, always a fickle commodity, is becoming a more rapidly
moving target for orchardists, particularly apple producers. Modern grocery
stores carry multiple apple varieties to cater to customers’ tastes.
At the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center, research begun
23 years ago on the best ways to irrigate and deliver nutrients to apple trees
is bearing fruit.

Professor Essie Fallahi there began the study to find ways to produce the
highest quality fruit, reduce water use, and ensure the trees fully use applied
fertilizers to protect water quality and save growers money.
It turns out the irrigation strategies paired with high-density plantings and
new tree canopy designs speed harvests, too. Dwarf rootstocks help pack in more
trees per acre, up to 1,300.

Last week, Fallahi showed growers his latest experimental high-density
plantings of Fuji apples. Growers learned that the orchard began producing
saleable fruit last year, which means growers began to recoup their investment
in the orchard’s second year.

A major production is expected this year. And the orchard is expected to reach
peak production in the fourth and fifth years after planting. The majority of
apples are high quality, packable fruit, Fallahi said. The rapid return on
investment allows apple growers to recover the high costs of orchard planting
early and to replace varieties quickly to respond to markets.

CONTACT ESSIE FALLAHI at efallahi@uidaho.edu or call 208.722.6701.

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