Apple Orchards and Beekeeping
The U.S has a lot of apple orchards. Apple orchards are where the apples you get from your local store are harvested from.
Applesauce is made out of apples grown in orchards. People who drink apple juice and apple cider enjoy the produce provided by the hardworking orchard owners. Without apple orchards there would be no apple pies. The world would be a sadder place without apple orchards.
Apple orchards are pasted by people in the spring season and observe clean rows of apple trees, their spreading boughs fragrant with the scent of delicate apple blossoms. And again in the summer season they go pass the very same orchard and see the same trees, with the sunlight shining on the leaves. In the fall those same trees are laden with apples, and with delicious juice. In the winter, the spreading limbs of the apple trees spread wide and are blanketed with some layers of snow. When they stop to admire the artistic trees they notice that unlike other types of agriculture endeavors people are only seen working amongst trees is when the trees are heavy with fruit and when the apples are picked up by farmers. It doesn't take very long for the passer bys to start thinking about how easy it would be to own an orchard. When you get the opportunity to buy an apple orchard, people don't walk away from the opportunity.
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The reality is that there is a lot more to owning an apple orchard then picking apples and pulling in money.
A passing person my think that owning an orchard requires less work, the reality is that a great deal of work is needed to maintaining an orchard. The apple trees need to be pruned. You should always spray the trees to eliminate insects. In addition to caring for the trees there is a lot of general maintenance chores that have to be taken care of. There is also the task of removing the old, less productive apple trees and replacing them with young trees.
The next thing to consider when purchasing an apple orchard is the size of the orchard. According to the experts an apple orchard has to be at least ten acres large in order to break even. That's just breaking even. In theory a larger orchard means a larger profit margin for the orchard owner, but a larger orchard also means that the owner will have to buy more insecticide, rotate more trees, hire more employees, and spend more money on the equipment needed to maintain the orchard and harvest the apple crop.
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Perhaps the biggest error newcomers to the apple orchard business make in the spring time when the apple trees are in bloom. In order for the trees to bear fruit the flowers have to be pollinated. Although the wind can help pollinate the flowers, honey bees are by far better. A lot of orchard newcomers believe that there are enough bees in the wild to pollinate the acres of apple trees. These owners are making an assumption that could harm their yearly yield.
Experienced owners know that to ensure they get a profitable harvest they need to work with local beekeepers. They hire bee hives and honey bees from the local beekeepers. The hive owners set up the hives in the orchards. The extra bees assist in the pollination.
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