NITROGEN FERTILIZER EFFECT ON POSTHARVEST QUALITY OF `ARAPAHO' THORNLESS BLACKBERRY FRUIT

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, 316 Plant Science Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701

An investigation was conducted in 1994 and 1995 to evaluate the effect of N rate and timing of application on postharvest performance of `Arapaho' thornless blackberry fruit. Treatments were 0 kg N/ha, 56 kg N/ha, 112 kg N/ha single application, and 112 kg N/ha split application. The N source was ammonium nitrate. Fruit samples were hand-harvested and stored for 0–8 days. In general, `Arapaho' fruit quality was not affected by N applications. Increasing N rates increased soluble solids content but had no effect on pH, titratable acidity, sugar: acid ratio, total solids, firmness, and weight loss. Nitrogen applications increased fruit N content.

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