After the Pink Lady block at Allan Brothers’ Mattawa, Washington, orchard was planted in 2014, crews raised the metal V-trellis around them.
It’s an expensive system at about $9,500 an acre for the steel and wire system, but it supports 2,420 trees per acre, owner Travis Allan told visitors as part of the IFTA tour.
The whole system depends on heavy-duty anchors similar to those that hold up utility poles.
The trees, which started as sleeping eyes, were planted in the 130-acre block in just a few days by a tractor.
Allan says he prefers to plant the dormant, cut-back sleeping eyes for the V-trellis system because the standard, 6-foot, feathered nursery trees are not a good fit for the structure of his trellis.
“This way I grow my own nursery tree and sculpt it where I want,” Allan said. “I like the ability to put the limbs where I want.”