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Post-bloom mechanical thinning for can peaches using a hand-held electrical device

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dc.contributor.author Martín Gorriz, B. es_ES
dc.contributor.author Torregrosa, A. es_ES
dc.contributor.author García Brunton, J. es_ES
dc.coverage.spatial east=-2.027319000000034; north=38.003409; name=30412 Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia, Espanya es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-25T06:42:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-25T06:42:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-06
dc.identifier.issn 0304-4238
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/79896
dc.description.abstract [EN] Hand thinning is a necessary but costly practice in peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch) production. A hand-held mechanical device has been tested to thin peach trees, trained in " free Italian vase" , 50-62days after full bloom. Hand thinning (HT); mechanical thinning (MT); mechanical and hand thinning (MHT); and un-thinned (UT) were tested from 2008 to 2011 in Murcia, south-eastern Spain. After thinning, the distance between the remaining fruits was measured: the shortest distance was 5.2cm for MT, with no significant differences between MHT and HT at 8.6 and 8.8cm, respectively. The differences in distances did not affect the yield and size of the fruit at harvesting in any of the cases. There were no significant differences between HT, MT and MHT treatments in fruit per tree, mean fruit weight and yield efficiency in the 4years the test lasted. Farmers considered the hand-held mechanical device positively because it increased field efficiency. Moreover, with HT the operating time was 291hha -1, with MHT it was 87hha -1 and with MT, 27hha -1. The most expensive system was HT (2442€ha -1) as opposed to 824€ha -1 for MHT. The lowest cost was for MT with 296€ha -1. The net value of fruit (€ha -1) showed no significant differences between HT, MT, and MHT. Based on our study, MT appears to be a promising technique for thinning peach trees for the canning industry, because although the reduction of production costs is not high in comparison with the total cost of the crop, the increase in work speed is of great interest to thin the trees on the most appropriate dates. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the Consejeria de Agricultura de la Region de Murcia, Spain. The authors thank Eng. Regino Aragon (IMIDA) and Marin Gimenez Hermanos S.A. (Caravaca, Spain) for their support.
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Elsevier es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof Scientia Horticulturae es_ES
dc.rights Reconocimiento - No comercial - Sin obra derivada (by-nc-nd) es_ES
dc.subject Fruit es_ES
dc.subject Hand-held thinners es_ES
dc.subject Harvest es_ES
dc.subject Mechanical thinning es_ES
dc.subject Peach es_ES
dc.subject Prunus Persica es_ES
dc.subject Agricultural technology es_ES
dc.subject Crop production es_ES
dc.subject Deciduous tree es_ES
dc.subject Harvesting es_ES
dc.subject Horticulture es_ES
dc.subject Machinery es_ES
dc.subject Production cost es_ES
dc.subject Thinning es_ES
dc.subject Yield response es_ES
dc.subject Murcia [Spain] es_ES
dc.subject Spain es_ES
dc.subject.classification INGENIERIA AGROFORESTAL es_ES
dc.title Post-bloom mechanical thinning for can peaches using a hand-held electrical device es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.identifier.doi 10.101016/j.scienta.2012.07.003
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Departamento de Ingeniería Rural y Agroalimentaria - Departament d'Enginyeria Rural i Agroalimentària es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica y del Medio Natural - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Agronòmica i del Medi Natural es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Martín Gorriz, B.; Torregrosa, A.; García Brunton, J. (2012). Post-bloom mechanical thinning for can peaches using a hand-held electrical device. Scientia Horticulturae. 144:179-186. doi:10.101016/j.scienta.2012.07.003 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod S es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2012.07.003 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 179 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 186 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 144 es_ES
dc.relation.senia 223856 es_ES
dc.contributor.funder Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia


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