Tag Archives: Orchard Care

What you get with Birkemeier Farms …

When purchasing trees from Birkemeier Farms, Inc, you get more than just great filbert trees. We have the advantage of experience from the prospective of a grower, nurseryman and processor. Let me briefly explain. Rich has been active in the … Continue reading

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Orchard Floor Prep

During the month of August, we prepare the Filbert orchard floor for harvesting the hazelnuts.  All season we have been spraying out the weeds and suckers in the tree rows, so they are pretty much clean at this point. We … Continue reading

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Now Showing – New Hazelnut Crop

For the last month we have been visiting the filbert orchards regularly to look at the fall nut crop.  Of course, it has been too early to see what the hazelnut set is, but you have to look! Now, the … Continue reading

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Spraying in the orchard

The suckers are growing at an alarming rate! This is the time of year that the suckers in the filbert orchard are growing like crazy.  If you ignore them for a week or two, they will get away from you … Continue reading

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Grower’s Forum

For the last 2 years, Rich, Ben Mitchell and the group at Willamette Filbert Growers, have presented a New Grower’s Planting Forum. We have held our meeting at the Willamette Hazelnut Growers processing facility in Newberg, Oregon, in November. This … Continue reading

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Deer in the Filbert Orchard

Beautiful, graceful, Deer.  Love to see them, but…… Deer and young filbert trees do not go well together.  Deer love the tender young shoots of the new trees. About this time of year, they step out of the woods, with … Continue reading

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Late Pollinizers

As I look out over the Yamhill hazelnut orchard today, I notice that the golden glow that was there 2 weeks ago is gone.  The pollen from the Yamhill filbert trees had been dispersed and the filbert catkins are brown and … Continue reading

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Pruning first year trees

After the first year in the field, it is absolutely essential to prune your new filbert tree.  The objective is to establish the scaffold framework that will determine the permanent shape of the tree for years to come.  Even though … Continue reading

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How to prune young hazelnut trees for optimal growth

Young hazelnut trees require yearly pruning in the orchard.  It’s crucial to prune new trees to establish the scaffold structure that will end up being the framework of your adult tree. When a tree is planted we remove all side branching, reducing the hazelnut … Continue reading

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About gravel…

We had a meeting yesterday with a couple of fine gents who had a lot of questions about their new orchard. The topic of gravel came up. We chuckled a bit, because gravel is one of those hidden snafoos waiting … Continue reading

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