E4 S2. Don’t sneeze at blossom thinning

There is a real science to disrupting fertilization to keep early flowers and remove late flowers. Yes, the timing is uncomfortable, and the results can be inconsistent, so we’ll explore one way to improve our confidence with this process – the pollen tube growth model (PTGM).

Guest: Michael Basedow is the Tree Fruit Specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and part of a regional program called the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. Michael was recently featured in an article for his work on trialing a decision-support tool for blossom thinning.

Show notes:

Article by The Good Fruit Grower “Thinning decisions by the numbers”: https://www.goodfruit.com/thinning-decisions-by-the-numbers/

Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA): http://newa.cornell.edu

 

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