Tree shaker thinning of French prunes
AuthorsL. B. Fitch
D. E. Ramos
Authors AffiliationsLarry B. Fitch is Farm Advisor, Sutter County; David E. Ramos is Extension Pomologist; James Yeager is Staff Research Associate, University of California, Davis.
Hilgardia 26(4):5-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v026n04p5. April 1972.
Mechanical thinning does not reduce the need for annual dormant pruning. Pruning reduces the potential crop, but more importantly it is essential for the renewal of fruit wood and in maintaining the general shape and vigor of the tree. However, this study showed that in a heavy set situation, mechanical thinning is a tool that can be used to increase average fruit size, decrease the percentage of under-size fruit, and reduce tree breakage from overcropping.
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