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Biological Orcharding
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Scythe Supply
A scythe in hand is the right tool for a summer orchard walk. Targeted mowing to open up airflow round fruit trees can be interspersed with thinning crop load and scouting pest dynamics. We're pleased to have Scythe Supply as one of our premium business sponsors. Swish!

Hot Topics

Can anyone comment on strategies for the supposedly harmless webworm that is manifesting earlier and earlier in the growing season here in central New Hampshire?
    - Kevin Frank        posted: 20Oct
Recently I shared grower perspective with our orchard customers. I'm fairly confident about my "grading standards" but now I'm curious how other growers handle [i]the organic side of perfection[/i]. ...
    - Michael Phillips        posted: 15Oct
My MM111 trees were put into the ground feathered in 2014. Now nearing the end of their 7th growing season in my ground they are approaching mature size. Other than year 1 crow's foot training I have ...
    - Ethan Gouge        posted: 26Sep

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Blue Heron Orchard
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Blue Heron Orchard

Canton, Missouri

Dan Kelly writes: “If Illinois were pregnant, my orchard would be across the Mississippi, where the belly button goes. My soil is a wind-blown loess, deposited at the time of the receding glaciers. We grow a dozen varieties of apples, chosen for; ripening sequence, personal favorites, a few commercial interests and disease resistance.”

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