Black Twig Borer-Background

When I first started farming Kona Coffee more than 30 years ago the Black Twig Borer (BTB) was already here.¬† Back then damage was barely noticeable and I considered it a minor threat. In fact, I used to tell other farmers that they didn’t have to worry about the BTB at all.¬† This lack of…

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Pruning Practices

BEST PRACTICES: PRUNING PRACTICES-Notes updated 12/28/2022 (Bob Smith) Pruning is the start of the farming year. Coffee beans form on last year‚Äôs growth.¬† Three years growth on the vertical gives the maximum crop. Remove suckers on bent over verticals if using the “Multi-vertical” method. The “Beaumont-Fukunaga” method prunes every third row to the stump, permitting…

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Coffee Pruning 2022

Pruning Coffee by Bob Smith WHY:¬† Coffee trees require yearly pruning to remove unproductive branches and to make space for new vigorous growth.¬† Coffee verticals have a growth cycle of 3 years.¬† Maximum production is achieved the 3rd year. Growth thereafter is on a biennial schedule with high yield/low yield in alternating years.¬† Approximately 1/3…

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