Domex Superfresh Growers' Dave Gleason Talks Importance of Soil in Latest Orchard Update
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
YAKIMA, WA - Coming back from the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) conference in New Zealand, Domex Superfresh Growers® Chief Horticulturist Dave Gleason expressed inspiration from the event’s conversations.
“[At the conference] all the growers were talking about soil and the complicated relationship between soil, air, water, and the plants and trees that grow there. We can work with the soil to accomplish excellent things. Organic production has taught us about those interactions. We are using composted material in both organic and conventional production to encourage and stimulate soil health and beneficial organisms,” Gleason explained.
The conference brings growers from around the world to discuss current topics in the horticultural sphere. In the latest Superfresh Growers® Orchard Update, Gleason shares the connection farmers have to the soil as the company continues to build an orchard environment that is positive for beneficial organisms.
As the beneficial organisms flourish, they can overwhelm the negative, according to a press release.
“It is a complex organization and arrangement where we want to stimulate the best. In that process, we give our trees natural health, and the ability to fight diseases by themselves,” Gleason said.
Superfresh Growers stated that soil is front of mind as it starts early spring planting. One of the first blocks to go in is Cosmic Crisp, a new and growing variety for Superfresh Growers, whose first commercial lots will be harvested in 2019.
Don’t miss out on the man himself in the brief video above!