Small Commercial Apple Orchard
I posted this question on the Orchard Forum, but I thougt this may be a better area.
I'm two years and 400 trees into a new 1 acre apple orchard project. Most trees are 3 or 4 feet in row spacing on BUD9, with expected density of about 800 trees per acre. We selected about 20 varieties, some of which we never tasted! Becuase we have a good PYO Blueberry and Blackberry business about 25% of the trees are "summer apples" that ripen with our berries. Growing the trees is easy but getting quality fruit is about 100 times more difficult than producing quality blackberries and blueberries, even with drip and an airblast sprayer. The spray schedule for Apples is almost overwhelming compared to the berries
Anybody else headed in the same direction?
Any good advice for a novice Apple grower?