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Any apple growers

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Back in 2015 I started a renovation of my orchard. Pulled out the standard sized trees with a mini excavator, built 1,000 feet of 8' deer fencing.

In 2016, 2017 & 2018 planted 680 apple trees on a high density setting. 3/4 are 3 varieties of Honeycrisp, but also have Gala, Cortland, Macintosh, Zestar, Wolf River and Granny Smith. Installed drip irrigation, and have moved to an air blast sprayer to keep them healthy along with a Case DX33 loader tractor to run it.

Anyway things are now starting to come into production. Sold 51 bushels this week to a local produce market along with a bunch in the previous weeks. I have a cadre of people who have been buying apples for years.

In the orchard business we have a saying, to make a small fortune, start with a big one. :rolleyes:

But I enjoy it and has been a good pastime since 1991.
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Been thinking about trying a couple of apple trees next spring but in the middle of big farming country it's hard to grow any fruit trees. Stuff like 2-4-D and glyphosate really takes a toll on them but we can't grow high yielding grain crops without it. If I do plant some I'll have a lot of questions for you no doubt!
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