Mechanical Pre-Thinning of Cling Peaches. Merced County December 2008 Maxwell Norton, UCCE Farm Advisor Dan Rivers, Staff Research Associate. Kitren Glozer Department of Plant Sciences UC Davis. Janine Hasey UC Cooperative Extension Sutter/Yuba Counties.
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Merced County December 2008
Maxwell Norton, UCCE Farm Advisor
Dan Rivers, Staff Research Associate
Site 1: Side-mount shaker, computer-programmed for pattern, duration, rate (rpm)
Full bloom ~ March 8
First shake date = April 12; even fruit size
Moderate crop load
Compare to biggest fruit size to mechanically thin prunes
Site 2: April 26 Fruit size variable