It is pruning time in the walnut orchard. I have been told that the new owner (in this case me) faces quite a job because orchard pruning is often neglected for many years. It may have been six to ten years since these trees were pruned.
So this week, the trees all got a haircut. It cost $3000. Now, the orchard is waist-deep in trimmed branches and the trees (I've been told) will be under less stress. Birds and deer quickly moved in to enjoy the new, albeit temporary, landscape. Thousands of birds!
If I sum up this season financially:
Expenses = $262 to shake the trees, $980 to gather the walnuts and $3,000 to prune the trees for a total of $4,242
Income = $3486.98 for the walnuts (walnuts sold for 45 cents a pound this year)
NET LOSS = $755.02. This does not include expenses for property taxes or cost of the property.
I guess I better not quit my day job to become a Walnut Rancher just yet.