It really was like the Garden of Eden! I walked through most of the 10 acres of peach trees in this orchard next to the hotel, but the season was over and I could not find anyone to talk to.
Not sure about getting the tractor between the rows. Many of these folks also grow grapes, so I expect narrow tractors are common. I could get my compact tractor between the rows if I removed the ROPS.
They only get about 10 inches of rain per year so they may control the vigor by the amount of irrigation they apply. These trees had a micro-sprinkler hanging in each tree and the ground was wet.
I was surprised to see that some of the peach orchards disked between the rows for weed control - never seen this before
Blocks of new peach trees were planted everywhere! I could see where a lot of open center trees had been cut off about 2 feet high in preparation for removal and replanting
At least one peach grower in the area had a state of the art computerized packing house.
Many farms with 5-10 acres of peaches and a few with 50 acres or more in a town of about 5K residents.
The growers in this area had the most impressive orchards I have ever seen!