Fruit Fact Sheets

    Blueberries in Utah? Difficult, but Maybe not Impossible

    blueberries in utah

    U.S. consumers have become increasingly interested in blueberries. Part of this is due to the exceptional flavor and versatility of the berries, while some of the interest can be attributed to recent discoveries regarding the health benefits of this “super food.”


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    Calibrating Your Orchard Sprayer

    orchard sprayer

    The costs of fungicides, miticides, insecticides, foliar nutrients, wetting agents and plant growth regulators continue to increase. For a full spray program on apples, for example, the cost of spray materials alone could potentially exceed $700 per acre per year.
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    Calibrating Your Orchard Sprayer - Spreadsheet

    orchard sprayer spreadsheet

    Caneberry Irrigation

    Caneberry irrigation

    Proper irrigation of caneberries (raspberries and blackberries) is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive planting. Over irrigation slows root growth, increases iron chlorosis on alkaline soils, and leaches nitrogen sulfur and boron out of the root zone leading to nutrient deficiencies.
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    Critical Temperatures for Frost Damage on Fruit Trees

    Critical temperatures for frost damage

    The following table, developed by Washington State University, lists Fahrenheit temperatures for each stage of development at which 10% and 90% bud kill occurs after 30 minutes exposure.
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    Hazelnuts in the Home Orchard

    Hazelnuts in the home orchard

    Hazelnuts or filberts can be useful crops for home food production or hobbyists in Utah. Several species have nuts with good flavor, with American, beaked and certain hybrid types most likely to produce consistently.
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    Intermountain Tree Fruit Production Guide

    Intermountain tree fruit production guide

    Integrated pest management (IPM) involves collecting information about a pest and crop to ensure that you administer the most economical, effective, and environmentally and socially sound pest management decision. IPM integrates as many suitable pest management options as possible.
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    Iron Chlorosis in Berries

    Iron Chlorosis

    Chlorosis is a symptom of iron deficiency common in Utah berry crops. Chlorosis is characterized by interveinal yellowing in mild to moderate forms, with more severe cases resulting in the leaf becoming almost white in color and then curling and browning of leaf edges.


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    Orchard Irrigation: Apple

    Apple irrigation

    Proper irrigation is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive apple orchard. Over irrigation slows root growth, increases the potential for iron chlorosis on alkaline soils, and leaches nitrogen, sulfur and boron out of the root zone leading to nutrient deficiencies.


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    Orchard Irrigation: Cherry

    cherry irrigation

    Proper irrigation is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive cherry orchard. Over irrigation slows root growth, increases the potential for iron chlorosis on alkaline soils, and leaches nitrogen, sulfur and boron out of the root zone leading to nutrient deficiencies.


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    Orchard Irrigation: Peach

    peach irrigation

    Proper irrigation is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive peach orchard. Over irrigation slows root growth, increases the potential for iron chlorosis on alkaline soils, and leaches nitrogen, sulfur and boron out of the root zone leading to nutrient deficiencies.


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    Red Raspberry Production in Utah

    Red raspberry production

    Raspberry plants for new plantings should be obtained from reputable nurseries. They should be certified virus, disease, and insect free. Plantings with starts from established fields bring all the accumulated diseases and pests, and such plantings often decline within two to three years.


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    Strawberry Irrigation

    Strawberry irrigation

    Proper irrigation of strawberries is essential to maintaining a healthy and productive planting. Over irrigation slows root growth, increases iron chlorosis on alkaline soils, and leaches nitrogen, sulfur and boron out of the root zone leading to nutrient deficiencies.


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    Strawberry Plug Plant Production

    Strawberry irrigation

    Annual hill strawberry plantings are generally established by using either fresh dug or dormant coldstored “frigo” plants. Both fresh dug and dormant plants are relatively inexpensive.


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    Strawberries in the Garden

    Strawberry irrigation

    Strawberries are one of the most popular small fruits in the home garden. The attractive plants are relatively easy to grow, require minimal space, and produce the first fruit of the new season.


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    Walnuts in the Home Orchard

    Walnuts in the home orchard

    When purchasing walnut trees for nut production, two important aspects to consider include approximate flowering and ripening times. In Utah’s climate, potentially damaging frosts are common early in the growing season when flowers are present and late in the growing season during ripening.


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