Fruit tree orchard establishment

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Abstract

The agronomic and economic success of a fruit-tree orchard is mainly determined by the choices made by the grower during the planting stage. A distinctive feature of fruit tree orchards is the very high investment cost for their establishment and the fluctuations in the revenue stream over their lifetime. Growers do not immediately make a profit after planting, and theirsuccess depends on the proper choice of fruit tree species, on orchard design and on the specific goals they choose to pursue. Moreover, profitability will also depend on a careful analysis of the economic, environmental, technological, social and infrastructural (transportation system, energetic resources, supply chain logistic) resources available. Today, most fruittree growers opt to specialize and intensify their production.However, tree density (number of plants per hectare), length of the economically unproductive period, farming methods, production stability over time and many other factors, including ecological sustainability, should be taken into account by the grower when establishing an orchard.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Modern Fruit Science
Pages251-263
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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