PLHRT 5350

PLHRT 5350

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

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.

When Offered Spring.

Comments Offered in even-numbered years only.

  • Make critical decisions required for profitable orchard management.
  • Find and evaluate essential information resources about tree-fruit orchards.
  • Integrate key ecological, physiological, environmental, and economic issues in sustainable orchard systems.
  • Select the optimal systems for orchard management.
  • Successfully plant, prune, and train fruit trees.
  • Harvest, store, and market fruit efficiently.
  • Synthesize course material into IPM and Commodity Report fact sheets that address sustainable orchard management.
  • Produce a 15-20 page term paper based on a review and interpretation of current literature.
  • Apply knowledge of fruit physiology to mentor undergraduate colleagues by reviewing and providing a critical assessment of undergraduate term paper drafts.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: PLHRT 3350

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  2497 PLHRT 5350   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  2514 PLHRT 5350   LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person