Journal article

Post-Harvest Deficit Irrigation Decreases Subsequent Fruit Number in 'T204' Peach

I Goodwin, R Bruce, S OrtegaFarias (ed.), G Selles (ed.)

Acta Horticulturae | INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE | Published : 2011

Abstract

Drought has substantially reduced irrigation allocation to Australian peach growers in the past 4 years. Water saving is a high priority and many growers have cut-off irrigation during the post harvest period to reduce costs with varying results the following season. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of post harvest water deficits on subsequent yield and fruit quality disorders in a clingstone peach (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch 'T204') used predominantly for canning. A field experiment was established immediately after harvest in a commercial orchard in the Goulburn Valley region of Victoria in 2008. Irrigation treatments were 50, 80, 100, 150 and 190% of grower irrig..

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