2014 Winter Pruning Tour

Marc Arcuri of Miller Fall Protection demonstrates safety equipment at the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

Marc Arcuri of Miller Fall Protection demonstrates safety equipment at the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

The Lake Ontario Fruit Program Winter Pruning Tour visited three Wayne County New York fruit farms on February 20, 2014. Attendees learned about the benefits of orchard mechanization and proper pruning of high density plantings.

At Mark Hermenet’s Orchard at Williamson, NY, Mark has been planting new high density plantings and just recently invested in a new tractor-mounted, over-the- hood, expanding deck, two man orchard platform. Mark demonstrated the features of his new Orchard Platform. Discussion on orchard mechanization, proper pruning, limb renewal pruning, limb bending, and the correct identification of a floral bud versus a vegetative bud was led by Dr. Terence Robinson. Mark Arcuri of Miller Fall Protection Systems demonstrated the correct use of fall protection equipment.

Mark Hermenet demonstrates his new Orchard Platform at the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

Mark Hermenet demonstrates his new Orchard Platform at the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

At D&L Ventures LLC, Sodus, NY, Doug Fox shared his successes and challenges while pruning medium-high density orchards on drumlin slopes with a motorized platform. Last year Doug bought a tractor-mounted, out-front, elevating-tilting, two man Orchard Platform that has worked very well for his pruning crew.

At VanDeWalle Fruit Farms, Alton, NY, Scott VanDeWalle and invited growers Todd Furber and Eric Budinger shared their experiences with motorized platforms for pruning. Todd and Eric displayed a platform which they built which is pulled by a tractor. Scott displayed his 2012 tractor-mounted, over-the-hood, two man Orchard Platform (which does not have an expanding deck as Mark Hermenet’s 2014 unit) and his 2013 tractor-mounted, over-the-row, four man, self-guided orchard platform.

Marc Arcuri of Miller Fall Protection demonstrates safety equipment at the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

Marc Arcuri of Miller Fall Protection demonstrates safety equipment at the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

Discussion on orchard mechanization, the fruiting wall concept, proper pruning, and limb renewal pruning was led by Dr. Terence Robinson. A second demonstration of use of fall protection harnesses and demonstrations of electric pruning shears took place at this stop. Attendees were able to watch the over-the- row Orchard Platform in action and heard Scott Vandewalle report on the speed and savings this machine has brought to his pruning operations.

and Eric will have for display their platform pulled by a tractor and Scott will have his 2012 tractor-mounted, over-the-hood, two man orchard platform (it does not have an expanding deck as Mark Hermenet’s 2014 platform) and the 2013 tractor- mounted, over-the-row, four man orchard platform and self-guided. Discussion on orchard mechanization, the fruiting wall concept, proper pruning, limb renewal pruning, limb bending, and the correct identification of a floral bud versus a vegetative bud will be led by Dr. Terence Robinson. A second demonstration of use of fall protection harnesses and electric shears will also be demonstrated at this stop.

Dr. Terence Robinson discusses pruning techniques during the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

Dr. Terence Robinson discusses pruning techniques during the 2014 Winter Pruning Tour

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