Freestanding V

Freestanding V systems offer many of the advantages of V trellises but at reduced costs. Stone fruit growers in several regions are adopting various perpendicular V systems in efforts to increase production and management efficiency. Two that originated in California are the Kearney V and the Quad V. Research by T. M. DeJong and K. R. Day demonstrates that standard-size trees can be more intensively managed when trained to perpendicular V forms. The Kearney V is a Ta-tura without a trellis, except that windows for lateral light penetration are maintained between trees. The Quad V is essentially a "double" Kearney V. Instead of two scaffolds growing out into the row middles, there are four.

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