Peach & nectarine orchard management

Peach & nectarine orchard management

$22.00

List of topics

  • Importance of sunlight
    • light interception
    • light distribution
  • Wind can be a problem
  • Heading vs thinning cuts
  • The four-finger cut
  • Maintain a balanced tree structure the 3:1 rule
  • Maximise fruit quality:
    • colour
    • size
    • thinning
  • Grow large fruit 
    • cropping potential (fruit/cm trunk circumference)
    • pruning
    • calculate cropping potential
    • Growth pattern of peaches and nectarines
    • Cincturing to improve fruit size and advance maturity
    • Hand thin flowers to increase fruit size
      • Hints to improve hand thinning
      • chemical thinning
      • mechanical thinning
      • grow laterals this season to get a crop next year
    • Growing cling peaches for the cannery
    • Thinning cling peaches for the cannery
      • determining fruit size 
    • What causes stones to split & gum?
      • how to avoid stones from splitting
      • what causes fruit to gum?
    • What Nitrogen does to fruit
      • when to apply N fertiliser
      • how much N to apply
      • do not ignore trace elements
    • What happens to trees after harvest
      • making sure trees go into winter with plenty of stored carbohydrates and nitrogen
    • How useful is a Soil test
      • don't rely only on soil tests
      • soil tests can be misleading
      • benefits of leaf and sap analysis
    • Soil organic matter
      • why is it important
      • what is it, where does it come from
      • relationship with soil organic carbon
      • amount in the soil
      • organic matter and supply of nutrients and soil stability
      • how to increase organic matter in the soil
    • NEW Crown Gall
      • facts
      • control
    • Winter chill for breaking dormancy
      • chilling requirement
      • minimise the risk
      • tree response to chilling 
$22.00

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