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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Hedging Pruning: Guiding Principles

Author
item Wood, Bruce

Submitted to: Western Pecan Growers Association Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 27, 2005
Publication Date: March 27, 2005
Citation: Wood, B.W. 2005. Hedging pruning: guiding principles. Western Pecan Growers Association Proceedings. p.11-16.

Interpretive Summary: Management of tree crowding, alternate bearing, and light management in orchards are major issues limiting profitability of pecan orchard operations. Key principles are presented that provide the foundation needed for the tailoring of hedge pruning based orchard management strategies that minimize the adverse economic impact of the aforementioned problems. This information provides orchard managers with the basic understanding needed to tailor hedge pruning strategies to specific orchard situations, thus acting to increase the chances of orchard profitability.

Technical Abstract: Major issues limiting profitabiity of pecan orchard operations are management of tree crowding, alternate bearing, and light management in orchards. Key principles are presented that provide the foundation needed for the tailoring of hedge pruning based orchard management strategies that minimize the adverse economic impact of the aforementioned problems. This information provides orchard managers with the basic understanding needed to tailor hedge pruning strategies to specific orchard situations, thus acting to increase the chances of orchard profitability.

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