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Tree Fruit Newsletter — June 17, 2024

In this newsletter: Return Bloom Sprays Summer Tour Announcement Return Bloom Sprays Some orchard blocks may have a higher than normal crop load which can inhibit the formation of flower buds. Fruit trees form next year’s flower buds in the summer beforehand. With a heavy crop, the fruits exude a hormone from their seeds that […]

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Tree Fruit Newsletter — June 5, 2024

In this newsletter: Chemical Thinning Apples with Accede® The Bottom Line, a newsletter from Cornell Univ. Extension Chemical Thinning Apples with Accede As we approach the end of the chemical thinning window, fruitlets become resistant to thinning with 6-BA (Maxcel) and NAA. A new thinner became available recently that has some thinning action when the […]

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Tree Fruit Newsletter — May 29, 2024

In this newsletter: Chemical Thinning at Early Fruit Set Observations Chemical Thinning at Early Fruit Set King fruit diameter is averaging 7 mm for McIntosh and Cortland, and 6 mm for Honeycrisp at Highmoor Farm. Based on the signs of initial fruit set on Macs, my guess is that we need to thin more aggressively […]

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Tree Fruit Newsletter — May 22, 2024

In this newsletter: Highmoor Farm Bud Stages Chemical Thinning at Early Fruit Set of Apple and Pear Starting Calcium Sprays Orchard Observations Highmoor Farm Bud Stages McIntosh apples – full bloom and just starting petal fall Honeycrisp apples – full bloom Pears – petal fall Sweet and sour cherries – a mix of petal fall […]

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