Fruit Bites for April 20th Apple Thinning
AW: Apple thinning is important to prevent alternate bearing, meaning heavy crop loads one year followed by a light crop load the next. There are certain windows of opportunity to thin apples and achieve a target number of fruit per tree. Bloom, petal fall and when king fruit get to 8-12 mm. The overall strategy is to take a nibble approach at each timing.
BL: So, what happens after fruit gets past 12mm?
AW: currently there aren’t many effective products, but one is on the way!
BL: And, thinning is only for crop load management?
AW: Well there are other aspects to consider within that, like being able to thin apples more cost effectively or in case
hand-thinning labor isn’t available. Also, thinning helps to increase the size of the apple.
BL: More good stuff, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.