High Density supplemental Planting, Roland Clark, 26. Apr 2004 20:02
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Greetings once again. I was very happy to go through your packing house on the day of the Avocado Fair. I was also very intrigued to hear you talk a little bit about the high density planting, a nd the very high production.
My 4 acre Hass grove is about 25 miles away from you in Valley Center. IIt is perhaps 20 years old - I have owned it 12 years. About 80 % of my trees were scorched in the "Paridise Fire" last October. (It happened on the very day I moved the first few things into my new home there!!!) I hired Jim McDonald to advise the recovery course of action. Since then I have "stumped" the trees t 4 ft or so, and cut back the watering severly.
Now, the question: would it be feasible to plant to the 10 ft X 10 ft tree spacing and go into the high density management system you talked about? This would be done by planting the new trees in between the existing stumpedl ones, and of course revising the irrigation system accordingly.
Is it equally applicable to the Reed grove you have, in terms of production in pounds per acre? Incidentally, why did you use Reed - I was given to understand that Hass brings a much better price. Maybe the pouds per acre of Reeds and their price beats out the pounds of Hass at their price??
I know I have a lot of reading and research to do - but I thought your expert and personal opinion would shorten this up considerably.
Sure would appreciate it. Thanks.

Roland Clark
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