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

'Principles' Schedule 2017

Typical schedules 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.

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

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
morning
Registration Quiz Quiz Quiz Quiz

Lecture

Course introduction & the basics
of how trees work

Hands on exercise:
Bearing habits

How trees grow &
what determines architecture

Lecture

Dormancy, chill requirements
& rest breaking

 Pollination & flower structure

Hands on exercise:
Dissection of flowers & fruits 

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

Lecture

Tree water use & irrigation 

Root physiology & growth

 

Lecture

Fruit growth & development

Computer exercise:
Fruit thinning

Tree nutrient use
& fertilization

Lecture

 Fresh Fruit Harvest &
Postharvest Handling

Measuring Maturity & Quality
Demonstration

Nut (Pistachio, Walnut, & Almond)
Harvest & Postharvest Handling
Nut Sensory Evaluation
Demonstration (Rancidity) 

   Lunch provided Lunch provided  Lunch provided  Lunch provided  Lunch provided
afternoon

Field laboratory
exercise

Pruning/early tree training

Field laboratory
exercise

Pruning for production

Field laboratory
exercises

Root excavations 

Measuring of tree
water stress  

Field trip:
 Wolfskill Experimental Orchard
 & surrounding area   

 Lecture

 Water Storage Status Update
Daniele Zaccaria
CE Specialist, Dept. of LAWR

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

evening
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
day

Fruit & nut tree agriculture
in Northern California

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

Packing houses
& retailers

Visit innovative cherry and apple orchards,
organic fruit & nut growers, & nurseries.

UC Kearney Agricultural
 Research & Extension Center

View UC research demonstrations
a& the p
ostharvest laboratory

Central California
growers & nurseries

Visit breeding programs, nurseries, 
& innovative specialty crop growers.

Final discussion with instructors Final discussion with instructors Final discussion with instructors Final discussion with instructors
evening

Accommodations in Davis &
Dinner on your own

Accommodations: Parlier, CA
Dinner on your own
Accommodations: Parlier, CA
Group dinner
Return to Davis
in the evening

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