|Our European pear trees are in full bloom now.|
It looks like we will have a bumper pear crop this year, and a good apple crop as we do almost every year. We can't tell yet how much of a peach crop we will have this year, but it looks like the crop will be greatly reduced or eliminated on some peach varieties.
|Asian pear trees, in foreground with white petals, were in full bloom a few days ago. 'China Pearl' peach trees, in background with pink petals, were still blooming a few days ago, so I'm hopeful that we will have a partial crop on that peach variety.|
|Tre Maxton used pneumatic loppers to remove upper branches from our apple trees, while other workers hand-pruned apple branches.|
Just phone 620-597-2450 a day in advance, and leave a message on the answering machine saying your name, the day and approximate time you're coming, and which crops you want. Our phone rings in the house, and I check for messages when I come in from working in the orchards or sorting apples in the sales building. If you wait to call until on your way here, I probably won't get your message before you come.
I do not have a cell phone or smart phone (cell reception is terrible here), nor is there a phone line to the sales building. When the weather's nice it's especially important to call a day ahead, as I can't always see the driveway from some parts of the fruit plantings, and when I'm working on a tractor I can't hear vehicles come in if you just drop by.