Matt Arrington, a recent graduate in Production Horticulture, is now working towards his masters degree at Oregon State University. He has been working at the OSU extension in Hood River, OR for almost a year researching vegetative growth control through management practices. There are three trial plots in the Mt Hood and Mt Adams area where Matt collects data on pear trees between one and three years old. Matt is testing shoot growth, photosynthetic efficiency, and water potential by cutting one side or two sides of the root ball. Matt says “Root pruning has been done in Europe for years, but there isn't very much research backing up the practice.” This project will hopefully lead to data connecting root pruning to decreasing vigor in young trees and higher yield during harvest.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.