We have begun pruning our oldest apple trees and preparing land for new trees. Many of the apple trees are over 25 years old, so pruning them in December should not harm them. However, if you have backyard trees I would wait until February. We will plant 300 peach trees this winter and our goal is to change over to higher density plantings. This will require more intense management, but it will open doors for perhaps more mechanization for pruning and thinning. We are will need to cut labor expense in the future for farming to be profitable. Labor expense in peach farming is already very high, so the only answer will be to produce more bushels per acre while introducing labor reducing techniques. How successful this venture will be only time will tell. Check back later for more farm news.