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General Course Schedule

Typical schedule for both weeks are below. A graduation dinner for the first week of class is held on Thursday evening at the Buckhorn Restaurant in Winters, CA. We provide transportation for all travel during the course. A more detailed and specific schedule will be sent to registered participants closer to the course each year. 

Week 1: University of California, Davis | Week 2: Field Tour 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Registration Quiz Quiz Quiz Quiz


Course introduction & the basics
of how trees work

Bearing habits

Hands on exercise:
Bearing habits

How trees grow &
what determines architecture


Dormancy, chill requirements
& rest breaking

 Pollination & flower structure

Hands on exercise:
Dissection of flowers & fruits 

Root physiology and growth


Why is California a good place to grow tree fruits and nuts?

Tree water use & irrigation 




Tree nutrient use and fertilization

Fruit growth & development




Nuts Maturity, Fresh fruit Maturity and Maturity Indexes 

Maturity Indexes Demonstration

Nut (Pistachio, Walnut, & Almond) and Fresh Fruits
Harvest & Postharvest Handling

   Lunch provided Lunch provided  Lunch provided  Lunch provided  Lunch provided


Training Young Trees


Field laboratory

Pruning/early tree training


Training Mature Trees

Field laboratory

Pruning for production

Tree Water Use continued


Hands on

Measuring tree water stress

Field trip 

Root stress plots and Water stress plots

Foundation Plant Services  


Fruit thinning


Field trip:
 Wolfskill Experimental Orchard
 & surrounding area   


 Fruit preparation for consumers

Integration of all pieces of the tree
puzzle: growth, architecture,
cropping & management

Dinner on your own Dinner on your own  Dinner on your own  Graduation & Dinner at the Buckhorn in Winters  Dinner on your own

Week 2: Field Tour
| Week 1: University of California, Davis

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Fruit & nut tree agriculture
in Northern California

Morning at Nickels Soil
Laboratory in Arbuckle.
Afternoon visit to walnut orchard 
& packing house.

Water use experiments

Fruit & nut tree agriculture 
in the Central Valley

Visit innovative pear, apple, almond, and fig orchards,
organic fruit & nut growers

UC Kearney Agricultural
 Research & Extension Center

View UC research demonstrations

Packing house

Cherry orchards

Central California

Visit breeding programs, and nurseries 


Accommodations in Davis &
Dinner on your own

Accommodations in Selma, CA included
Dinner on your own
Accommodations in Selma, CA
Group dinner
Return to Davis
in the evening

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