Publication - Atlantic Canada - 'Honeycrisp' - Maintaining Tree Growth and Cropping Balance

Title in English
Atlantic Canada - 'Honeycrisp' - Maintaining Tree Growth and Cropping Balance
Publication ID
10736E
Published Year
2008
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Type
Electronic PDF
Cost
Free Publication
Language
English
Region
Atlantic (NB, NL, NS, PEI)
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Status
Available
Pages
1-6
ISBN
978-1-100-10479-9
Catalogue No.
A52-112/2008E-PDF
Summary in English
Apple production conditions in Atlantic Canada are proving to be ideal for growing Honeycrisp'.
However, with optimum growing conditions and good management, mature Honeycrisp'orchards have exhibited an extreme tendency
for over-cropping resulting in an alternate bearing cycle called biennial bearing. This is the tendency for a cultivar to cycle between a full (on)crop year and a minimal (off) crop year. In the one year, if left unmanaged, fruit are too small and have poor colour. In the off year there are only a few fruit and they may be too large.
So apple growers in this region are making a concerted effort to learn how to more efficiently manage this cultivar. The challenging production question is: What combination of management practices will promote optimum yield of high quality fruit annually?
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