Plums Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $3,500 per acre establishment; $1,000 annual operating; 3 years to harvest; harvest in June
Market Outlets Pick-your-own, roadside, farmers markets, retail, limited wholesale
Market Potential Fair; limited local
Profit Potential $0 to $700 per acre
Adapted Areas East Texas
Labor Requirements One person per 25 acres; more at harvest
Equipment Requirements Trailer, speed sprayer, shredder, herbicide sprayer
Soil Requirements Sandy
Water Requirements 5 gallons per minute well per acre
Minimum Size 1 acre
Risk Factor Low to moderate
Other Limiting Factors Trees are very short lived; fruit thinning is essential for adequate size fruit. Primary pests include plum curculio, brown rot, bacterial stem canker.
Comments Local sales are limited and over-planting can destroy the price received.

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