Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
University of California
Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center

Principles of Fruit & Nut Tree Growth, Cropping & Management


2018 Principles of Fruit & Nut Tree Growth, Cropping & Management

February 19 - March 1, 2018
University of California, Davis campus

Understanding the fundamentals of tree biology is essential to making sound orchard management and business decisions in the tree fruit and nut industry.  However, access to educational courses on basic fruit and nut tree biology, and how it relates to agronomic practices, is limited. Our course incorporates lecture, lab exercises, and field demonstrations to provide information on all aspects of basic plant biology and the relationship between plant biology and nuts and fruit orchard management.

Our course includes nine full days of instruction. The first five days will be held on the UC Davis campus and include lecture, laboratory exercises, and field demonstrations. The following week we will embark upon a four-day field trip throughout fruit and nut tree growing regions of Northern and Central California.

Registration for the 2018 Principles Course is now closed as we reached our maximum number of participants.

If you wish to be on the waiting list for the course this year, please register HERE

The 2018 batch of scholarship applications are now closed. If you were not able to submit an application, you are welcome to add your name on the waiting list or reapply for the 2019 batch next year.

Course Topics

  • Tree growth, development & pruning
  • Dormancy, chilling & rest breaking
  • Flowering, pollination & fruit set
  • Fruit development & thinning
  • Tree water relations & irrigation
  • Plant nutrition & fertilization
  • Root growth & rootstocks
  • Postharvest quality & technology
  • Harvesting

For course content questions, please contact Julie Jacquemin, Manager, Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center (


Ted DeJong & course participants
inspect the root excavation

Scholarship Opportunities

We have been awarded funding for some scholarships for the class. 

Criteria for the scholarship includes:

  • New grower with less than 3 years experience with tree crops.
  • In the process of transitioning between crops.
  • Small farms less than 40 acres of tree crops.

The scholarship application period is now closed for the 2018 course. Applicants have been notified of our decision. If you have applied and did not see our email, please feel free to contact us at




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