Effects of TIBA growth regulator on open branching of citrus for mechanical shaking
S. B. Boswell, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside
C. D. Mccarty, Agricultural Extension Service, U.C., Riverside
California Agriculture 24(11):6-7. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v024n11p6.
S. B. Boswell is Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside; C. D. McCarty is Extension Horticulture Technologist, Agricultural Extension Service, U.C., Riverside.
Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows:
SUCCESSFUL HARVESTING with mechanical shakers requires a tree with an open-spreading branch structure. A vase-like arrangement of three primary scaffold branches arising from the main trunk at a height of from 24 to 30 inches is ideal. The low, open-centered, spreading canopy thus formed allows fruit to fall to a catching frame with less chance of striking interfering branches.