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Scythe Supply
A scythe in hand is the right tool for a summer orchard walk. Targeted mowing to open up airflow round fruit trees can be interspersed with thinning crop load and scouting pest dynamics. We're pleased to have Scythe Supply as one of our premium business sponsors. Swish!

Hot Topics

This year's research efforts center around fine-tuning foliar nutrients based on three rounds of plant sap analysis. One goal here is to identify the timing of essential nutrients with respect to flow...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 4Jul
Hi folks - My orchard is a little more "random" than some, with trees being planted in different configurations on the farm. While this achieves some aesthetic and diversity objectives, it does ma...
    - Brent Klassen        posted: 24Jun
Hello, Planting a new trees in an area with existing unmaintained mature trees with Anthracnose. Has anyone used PreStop WP? Located on the wet side of WA state. Decent sandy loam soil, but high ...
    - jim gerlach        posted: 19Jun

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Claude Jolicoeur
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Claude Jolicoeur's Orchard

Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec

Claude Jolicoeur writes: “I like to call my growing philosophy: Minimum Intervention approach... This is in part due to the fact that I am only part time at the orchard. One important issue is that most of my apples are used for cider, hence their appearance is not relevant and their quality is only about the inside.”

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