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A comparison of air-shear and electrostatic spray technology with a conventional air-blast sprayer to thin apples


Oakford, MJ and Jones, KM and Bound, SA and O'Rielly, L, A comparison of air-shear and electrostatic spray technology with a conventional air-blast sprayer to thin apples, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 34 pp. 669-72. ISSN 0816-1089 (1994) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/EA9940669


Red Delicious apple trees at Spreyton in northwest Tasmania were thinned with ethephon using an air-shear-electrostatic sprayer (low volume: 100 or 200 L/ha with or without electrostatics) or a commercial air-blast sprayer (high volume: 2000 or 4000 L/ha). Treatments were applied at 2 and 10 days after full bloom. Also included were an unsprayed control and a hand-thinned treatment (15-20 days after full bloom). Carbaryl + Thiram was also applied 3 times (20, 32 and 40 days after full bloom) using the same spray treatments. All dosage rates were equilibrated to apply the same amount of active ingredient/ha. The spray treatments thinned fruit more than the controls when compared for fruit number and all size variables measured except percentage of fruit >80 mm. There were significant differences for fruit number between the hand-thinned, 4000 L/ha high volume and 200 L/ha air-shear treatments, and all the remaining treatments. This applied to both total numbers of fruit set or numbers of fruit hand-thinned at 80-90 days after full bloom. This late hand-thinning had the effect of evening up the fruit size but the control still had significantly smaller fruit than all the other treatments due to the larger number of fruit carried through to hand-thinning. © 1994 CSIRO. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop growth and development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Pome fruit, pip fruit
UTAS Author:Jones, KM (Mr Keith Jones)
UTAS Author:Bound, SA (Dr Sally Bound)
ID Code:26553
Year Published:1994
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2007-06-26

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