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Establishing An Organic Apple Farm
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Are you contemplating entering into organic farming and more precisely organic apple farming.It is essential that you know all the details concerned with organic farming as this will help you have an informed decision on the factors involved.

First of all it is important to know that organic farming is good for the preservation of the environment since it is concerned with limited use of pesticides,herbicides and synthetic fertilizers.The methodology used is that of natural occurring biological processes.This principal method of farming uses crop rotation,green manure and compost.The crop rotation improves soil fertility and confuses pests while the green manure has no chemicals.

From a commercial standpoint,as less inputs are used like fertilizers and herbicides this leads to higher profits since consumers will purchase at a higher cost.The production will be much lower than in conventional farming but the difference will be realized in the cost consumers are willing to pay for organic produce.

Launching an organic apple farm for commercial production should only be considered in locations that are feasible for apple production.Two essential preconditions are cold winters and hot summers.Ideal orchard locations should have deep,fertile,properly aerated and well drained soils.Generally apples grow well in areas that have an annual rainfall of 800 to 1100mm.

On the other hand one may also consider organic apple farming with the aim of just having a ready supply of nutritious organic apples.For this model a small piece of land would be needed.Growing ten or thirty trees may be enough to supply you with apples during harvesting.

Caring for apple trees during their formative years will ensure they are well shaped and be able to support fruits. Once fruiting starts,the primary consideration will become striking a balance between vegetative growth and fruit production by controlling tree height,spreading branches and exposure to light.Pruning will be required in order to modify the shape of the tree,remove the retarded parts and renew the growth of the tree.Natural pest control by using predators like frogs to deter pests,hand picking and uprooting affected fruits and plants should also be employed.

All in all organic apple farming is much more environmentally and financially sustainable than conventional farming.As less inputs are used so is the cost involved of production lower and therefore easy to start but mind you that organic farming is labor intensive as the techniques used are manual.Organic farming continues to grow as more people turn to healthier eating.Therefore adopting organic apple farming will be a good way to profit from this growth.


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