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.

Register for the 2018 Principles Course here


The 2018 batch of scholarship applications are now closed. If you were not able to submit an application, you are welcome to register for the course 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 Carlos Crisosto, Director, Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center (chcrisosto@ucdavis.edu).

 

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 is now closed (October 13th) for the 2018 course. We are processing the applications and applicants should have their answer in the next two weeks. 

 

 

 

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