Plum Production Under Cold Stress

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J. D. NortonDept. of Horticulture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5408

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C. E. BoyhanDept. of Horticulture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5408

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Hongwen HuangDept. of Horticulture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5408

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B. R. AbrahamsDept. of Horticulture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, 101 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5408

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On March 13-15, 1993 Alabama and much of the eastern United States experienced an unusually severe winter storm. This afforded the evaluation of plum cultivar production under cold stress. The highest yielding variety that bloomed before the storm was Bruce 12-4 with 28 kg/tree. Bruce 12-4 is noted for blooming over an extended period of time and producing very heavy yields. The average yield of the top five performers that bloomed after the storm was 51 kg/tree. The lowest temperature recorded at the test site, Shorter, AL was -5C.

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