South Dakota, fruit tree, pruning, horticulture department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Pruning generally constitutes a major problem for the fruit-grower. Unlike many other orchard practices, the results of experimental methods of pruning are less conclusive. Since a number of years may be required to observe the full results of pruning, the problem becomes all the more uncertain and difficult. With definite information lacking, it is only natural that different pruning systems are found in the same locality, and that they range from the most severe to no pruning at all. The best place to study fruit tree pruning and training systems is in the most productive orchards. All the varietal characteristics of the tree must be carefully considered among the factors determining the amount and kind of pruning a tree should receive. A properly pruned tree cannot be expected to give the best results if other good cultural practices are neglected. Cultivation and the use of fertilizer should also be a part of the program.
McCrory, S. A., "Fruit Tree Pruning in South Dakota" (1939). SDSU Extension Circulars. 386.