might be smaller with a reduced capital input and a two shift drip irrigation system will become a four shift sprinkler system utilising the same pump and filtration components. Important – consult your local irrigation designer for advice. • Healthy Trees. This should be a no-brainer! Ensure that your nursery uses healthy plant material, i.e. buds and rootstocks that are of high health status and free of viruses and disease. Weak or stunted trees take longer to achieve full production. If you do have to use weaker trees then grade them prior to planting so they can be planted together and receive the extra attention they need compared to healthier trees. If weaker ones are planted amongst stronger trees they won’t receive the extra care they need and will always lag behind the rest of the orchard. • Trellis vs Stakes. As an alternative to securing young trees with stakes, consider a simple single or two wire trellis, especially if the orchard is relatively flat. Participants on the 2010 ABA Californian Study tour saw an effective but simple trellis system in use by Mike Perry located at Orland in the northern part of the Sacramento Valley. A strainer post was located at each end of the row with intermediary posts located down the row every 50-100m. The distance between the intermediary posts is influenced by the prevailing wind; if the prevailing wind blows across the rows, the distance is closer than if the wind blows down the row. The trellis wire was installed approximately 50- 75cm above the ground and the tree was secured with a custom made tree tie (Figures 1 and 2). If rubber tree ties are used then two stabilising wires may be needed. I’ve listed a few key points to consider before starting an orchard development/ redevelopment. I’ve taken a long term approach that a little extra time and expense spent prior to planting should reward sustainable dividends in the end. Some decisions will need a careful cost/benefit analysis to determine if long term goals will be achievable with short term cash flows. For further information contact: Brett Rosenzweig, Industry Development Officer Almond Board of Australia P 08 8582 2055 or 0429 837 137 E: email@example.com
Figure 1: Single wire trellis for tree stability
Figure 2 : Custom tree tie
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