PLHRT 3350 - Sustainable Orchard Management

(OPHLS-AG) (CU-SBY)     
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: two college-level biology courses. Recommended prerequisite: previous horticulture/plant science courses. Co-meets with PLHRT 5350 . Offered in odd-numbered years only.

G. Peck.

The science of tree-fruit production with an emphasis on the agroecology and physiology of regionally important species. Topics include: site selection; orchard design; clonal rootstock and variety selection; nursery production and grafting, tree pruning and training; flowering and pollination; crop load management; water, nutrient, and soil management; fruit ripening, maturity, and storage; marketing and profitability; integrated pest management; orchard mechanization; and sustainable production practices. Students will synthesize and apply knowledge from a broad range of life sciences within the context of perennial crop agroecosystems. Orchard field trips and lab sessions will provide practical, hands-on experience. This course is designed for students interested in commercial tree-fruit production and/or pomology research, hobby fruit growers, and professional IPM consultants.

Outcome 1: Make critical decisions required for profitable orchard management.

Outcome 2: Find and evaluate essential information resources about tree-fruit orchards.

Outcome 3: Understand and integrate key ecological, physiological, environmental, and economic issues in sustainable orchard systems.

Outcome 4: Select the optimal systems for orchard management.

Outcome 5: Successfully plant, prune, and train fruit trees.

Outcome 6: Outcome 6: Harvest, store, and market fruit efficiently.

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