Consumers are seeking bigger cherries and, according to market returns, the bigger the fruit the bigger the cheque from the agent. Larger fruit can come at a price, as the biological potential is equally as important as market returns. As with all fruit trees the cherry tree can only produce a specific quantity of fruit. This quantity can consist of either a large number of small fruit, a small number of large fruit or, preferably, a medium number of medium to large fruit.
137 pieces of fruit were sampled from the control block. 93 pieces of fruit were sampled from the trial block.
83% of fruit in trial block comprised of sizes 24, 25 and 26. 17% of fruit in trial block comprised of sizes 21, 22, 28 and 29.
60% of fruit in control block comprised of sizes 24, 25, and 26.
40 % of fruit in control block comprised of sizes 19, 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
This shows greater uniformity of fruit size in trial block treated with BiominTM Calcium and Bio-Size.
It is a well known fact that calcium plays a critical role in cell division and development and in the absence of sufficient calcium, neither of these plant functions progress at their optimum capacity. This is the link between Biomin TM Calcium and the fruit size results.
Percentage increase in pressure (Kpa) of trial over control is 2.62%.
From the information available on BiominTM Calcium and Bio-Size, it would be acceptable to attribute the fruit size and uniformity results to the efficacy of Bio-Size and the fruit size and fruit pressure results to the applications of BiominTM Calcium.