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Accurate in-field estimations of crop characteristics can support orchard management and improve packout. Stone fruit ( Prunus sp.) customer satisfaction is greatly influenced by the color and size of fruit, two of the most important fruit

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‘Gala’ apple trees tend to produce small-sized fruit resulting from a combination of several factors ( Robinson et al., 2005 ). First, Gala is a small-fruited cultivar. Second, ‘Gala’ trees differentiate flowers readily, have heavy fruit set, and

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densities that were too low to realize the beneficial impact of higher plant densities. Plant density also impacts the individual fruit size, with a higher density producing a smaller fruit. Average fruit weight decreased for both ‘Howden’ and ‘Wizard

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analyses, Jim Parrie for his suggestions and discussion, and Suzanne Lang for her assistance in fruit size measurements. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper therefore

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ProCa at 125 mg·L −1 with surfactant and water conditioner on 28 May and 18 July. On 29 May, initial fruit set counts were taken on all tagged limbs and fruit size measurements were taken on 30 randomly selected fruit per tree. At the end of June drop

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focused on the two stages and concluded that cell number and cell size are very important for determining final fruit size ( Zhang et al., 2005a , b , c , 2006 ). Therefore, knowledge of factors that affect the two stages would be particularly helpful

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with cling peach production. The availability and efficacy of chemical thinning programs varies by crop, orchard, and season, therefore hand thinning is often required to adjust crop load for optimal fruit size and quality, and to promote return bloom

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drier climates or years, supplemental irrigation increases peach tree growth, fruit yield per tree, fruit size, and number of fruit buds per tree (due to greater shoot length) over nonirrigated trees ( Buckelew, 2009 ; Layne and Tan, 1988 ; Layne et al

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fit better today's smaller households. Several reports have shown that watermelon growth and yield increase in response to plastic mulch and rowcover, but the effect on fruit size distribution has been overlooked ( Baker et al., 1998 ; Marr et al

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melon fruit ( Kano and Fukuoka, 2006 ), and increased numbers of larger cells in japanese pear ( Pyrus serotina Rehd.) treated with gibberellic acid also showed increased sucrose accumulation ( Kano, 2003 ). In contrast, restricting fruit size by

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