A farmer sometimes has to make a tough decision; keep an old orchard that has less production than an adult orchard but still produces a small amount of nuts or take out the old orchard to plant new trees that will take five to seven years to produce a profitable crop. With the high costs of spray, equipment, and taxes, this can be a very difficult decision to make. Not to mention the cost of tearing out and replanting an orchard. This can also be an especially challenging decision to make in a drought year because new trees need water to grow correctly into healthy adult trees. While an old orchard may provide some production in the present, in the long run, a new orchard is the way to go. After the five to seven year lapse of production, there will be a steady fall of nuts with a standard crop yield (external variables permitting). With today’s modern GPS planting, chances are that a new orchard will have more trees per acre than an old orchard because of new research in the field of plant science. Plant science is the study of agricultural, ecological, and environmental industries. An efficient way to go about replacing orchards is to replace one at a time. Since orchards are usually purchased on separate plots of land at different times, the trees are usually different ages. So once an orchard becomes old, it may be replaced by a new orchard and once the five to seven year cycle is up a farmer has less worry of low crop yield. Tune in next week for more information regarding Al’s Nuts!