Monday, 21 May 2012

May 21 - visiting date gardens

Well we’re in the heat of the desert at Yuma with a top temp today of 42C. Today was the first of our programmed itinerary where we were hosted by Nels, Martha and Jason Rogers of Martha’s Date Garden. These people grow premium Medjool dates. We had a tour of their plantation, nursery and packing house and learned a lot. This time of the year they are thinning fruit, tying down bunches and applying separating rings.

Bunch thinning
We very much appreciated the warm hospitality of Nels, Martha and Jason and were in awe of what they have achieved with their plantation and opening their property to the public for education and date sales in the cooler months.

Discussing the finer points of bunch covers with Glenn Wright at the University of Arizona.

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