Pruning Practices

BEST PRACTICES: PRUNING PRACTICES (Presentation by Bob Smith) Coffee beans form on last year’s growth.  Three years growth on the vertical gives the maximum crop. Remove suckers on bent over verticals Beaumont-Fukunaga prunes every third row to the stump, permitting more space and light and thus better yield per tree.  This works well for new plantings. …

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Planting Panel Notes

BEST PRACTICES: PLANTING PRACTICES PANEL NOTES EMPHASIS ON NEW PLANTINGS Sally Rice:  As a “contract coffee farmer,” she works with planting raw land. She uses bulldozers to prepare soil well, she chips organic material, rather than burying it, to avoid pits in a few years when the organic material decays. She fertilizes before she plants…

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Economic Analysis of Coffee Farming

BEST PRACTICES: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF COFFEE FARMING ECONOMICS OF COFFEE FARMING USING THE CTAHR SPREAD SHEET click here to access the Coffee Production Analysis Spreadsheet (PDF) Stuart Nakamoto, CTAHR agricultural economist, demonstrated a highly detailed spread sheet (developed by Dr. Kent Fleming) that could help make decisions on whether or not to farm coffee in…

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KCFA On YouTube

Thanks to KCFA member Keola Childs who taped the last Coffee Talk, Videos are available below: 1–Robert Barnes – Organic fertilizer use and availability for Kona coffee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS7fuGYZaqU 2– Bob Smith – Inorganic Fertilizer use http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFBQWm-aOak 3- Bob Smith’s Shoulder-Bag Fertilizer Spreader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tucmGHXbNLs 4– Ben Discoe- Using Biochar to enhance, reduce fertilizer needs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42gr_1whjcjc8 Kona…

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