Fruit Tree Training and Pruning Demonstration

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Over eighty people attended the fruit tree training and pruning demonstration held at Central Crops Research Station on highway 70 busines north of Clayton. During the demonstration Dr. Mike Parker explained the importance of training fruit trees from the time they are pruned, rather than waiting until they have grown a few years. Mike described how to make proper pruning cuts, spread branches for best branching angle, thin fruit for best production, and proper spacing for best disease resistance. There was also a demonstration on how to properly prune an apple tree and a peach tree. This video on pruning a peach tree may be of interest to some who were not able to attend the demonstration. For those with younger trees this video may be helpful.

Examining amber for signs of peach tree borer

Examining amber for signs of peach tree borer

To help participants with insect and disease control, some of the more common pests of fruit trees were discussed. Fire blight of apples and pears was discussed along with how to control the problem. Another pest discussed was the peach tree borer that produces frass that makes the amber gumosis found at the base of many peach trees dark brown and opaque rather than clear. Other pests discussed included plumb curculio, oriental fruit moth, and apple-cedar rust. For more information on controlling these pests call your local Cooperative Extension office.