The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 10, 2013

Learn proper fruit tree pruning techniques at WVSU workshop

— Learn proper techniques for pruning fruit trees at a workshop hosted by West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service March 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at WVSU’s campus orchard in Institute.

“Owners of small or large fruit tree orchards need to understand the importance of properly pruning their fruit,” said Brad Cochran, WVSU extension associate for Agriculture and Natural Resources. “It can make all the difference between a good fruit harvest and a poor fruit harvest.”

Proper pruning can increase fruit size, and prevent disease by increasing air movement through the tree, Cochran said.

Dr. David Davis, visiting professor of Horticulture at West Virginia University, will present the workshop, which costs $5 and includes hands-on pruning opportunities. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately. Registration is requested by calling Brad Cochran at West Virginia 541-3301 or e-mailing

The campus orchard is located near W.Va. 25 on the west end of campus. Parking is available in Lot C.