Today we discussed many topics in several orchards including older and newer blocks. The various production systems had unique advantages and drawbacks such as establishment costs and time to productivity. The major theme of the day was ‘How do you control vigor in pears?’. Approaches from tree cutting and root pruning were discussed with visiting scientists Stefano Musacchi, Enrique Sanchez, and Joan Bonany. This great first day of field tours was topped off with a brief roundtable discussion.