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Results from an experiment about pruning of the apple variety ‘GoldRush’

Pfeiffer, Barbara (2006) Results from an experiment about pruning of the apple variety ‘GoldRush’. [Ergebnisse eines Schnittversuchs bei der Apfelsorte ‘GoldRush’.] In: Boos, Markus (Ed.) ecofruit - 12th International Conference on Cultivation Technique and Phytopathological Problems in Organic Fruit-Growing: Proceedings to the Conference from 31st January to 2nd February 2006 at Weinsberg/Germany, Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau e.V. (FÖKO), Weinsberg, Germany, pp. 178-182.

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The scab resistant apple variety ‘GoldRush’ can be grown in regions, where vineyards are common. At the LVWO Weinsberg ‘GoldRush’ is ripening about October 20th. In organic fruit growing this variety must be thinned strongly, because it tends to alternate bearing. The intention of the small experiment in the organi-cally grown orchard Katzental was to reduce by special pruning measurements the time for thinning by hand and to improve the fruit quality. During the years 2001 to 2005 clear effects could be seen on the size of the apples. The time for hand thinning varied from year tot year depending from the setting of blossom clusters, but there was no success in reducing thinning time by pruning alone. There was a positive influence on the quantity of picked apples per hour. The trees grew more balanced, the number and the length of the one-year-old twigs/branch were higher in 2005. There was a middling effect of the severe pruning on the alter-nate bearing. Well-considered pruning is an important component within organic cultivation to produce ap-ple of high quality.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:apple, Goldrush, pruning, hand thinning , fruit quality
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Ecofruit
Germany > Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau - FÖKO
Related Links:http://www.ecofruit.net, http://www.foeko.de/ecofruit.htm
Deposited By: Boos, Markus
ID Code:9019
Deposited On:28 Aug 2006
Last Modified:26 Aug 2010 10:45
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The proceedings are available as paperback at Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau e.V. (FÖKO), Traubenplatz 5, D-74189 Weinsberg, www.foeko.de

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