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New directions in crop load management


Bound, SA, New directions in crop load management, Tree Fruit, Fruit Tree Media, Australia (2012) [Magazine Article]


As we are aware, optimal management of crop load is a difficult task and most orchardists find the spring period very stressful as they try to juggle the currently available tools for crop load management with unstable weather conditions in an effort to maintain regular yields, consistent production of high quality fruit and high pack-out percentages. The current recommendations of a combination of dormant pruning to remove weak spurs and unbalanced limbs and open up the tree, followed by the use of chemical thinning during flowering and the early post-bloom period can be successful, but often chemical thinning responses are unpredictable, leading to the need for considerable hand-thinning which is both expensive and time consuming. The end result is often reduced fruit quality and sub-optimal return bloom the following year. Under the umbrella of the Australian apple and pear industry five year "Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils" (PIPS) flagship program funded through Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), researchers from New Zealand, Queensland, and Tasmania are working together to optimise tree function by manipulating structure this is the Tree Structure component of the PIPS program.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine 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:Bound, SA (Dr Sally Bound)
ID Code:78900
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2012-08-04
Last Modified:2014-03-27

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