Re-development is just another word for taking a very hard look at your avocado or citrus investment to position it for the future. Right now, we consider two ways of re-developing your grove. If your orchard is over 40 years old, it is essential to take an in-depth look. For avocado groves that do not have a lot of root-rot, a recommendation of pruning by topping trees at 14 feet is the only way to go. This can give you additional 10 to 15 years of production. We have mastered this pruning method and have completed more than 500 acres to date in the industry, all showing vast improvements over orchards that are not topped. Topping trees gives you:
- Income in 24 months.
- Bigger fruit for the future.
- Lower picking costs.
- Less water use - between 10% to 15%.
Contact us for a price per tree to do this.
The other method of re-development is replacement. You can view our planting budget to find an approximate cost of replacement. If your grove has a lot of root-rot in avocados, it may be time to look at an alternative crop - we have a couple to choose from and are very excited about their future.
The avocado and citrus industry in the south is getting smaller by the day. People have already made choices to turn their groves water off and it is estimated now that around 6,800 acres has been turned off in San Diego and an additional 1,200 acres in Riverside County. This is a survey done by the California Avocado Commission in 2010... although we have already seen in our industry additional groves being turned off in 2010-2011. This bodes well for people who invest the money into their groves for the next 10 years. California avocados and citrus are going to be a very valuable commodity.