|Author(s):||Teryl R. Roper, Gary G. Frank|
Apple production can be a financially and emotionally rewarding venture. However, a desire to grow fruit is not sufficient reason to establish a commercial orchard. A small backyard or hobby orchard can be a satisfying avocation, but establishing a successful commercial operation takes time, skill, experience, and capital.
Commercial apple growing is an increasingly complex operation requiring operators to keep abreast of current developments in plant materials, cultural techniques, pest management, marketing,and business management. This detailed, 20-page publication presents the factors to consider before you invest in a commercial orchard.