Balanced nutrition plays a major role, if not the biggest role in the production of quality produce.
The aim of the grower should always be to optimize fertilizer practices and never cut costs by cutting out on fertilizers. Improper nutrition can impact on other issues within an orchard such as keeping quality, disease and pest levels, which at the end of the day may work out far more expensive than properly timed applications of quality fertilizers that are systemic and have no residues. A range of products were trialled to test their efficacy on a number of variables including fruit sizing, fruitlet Calcium levels, pitting / keeping quality, fruit nutrient levels and also dry matter.
The results of the sizing trial and fruitlet Calcium trial can be seen in Issue 13. As a follow up to Issue 13, the results with respect to the role of nutrition on pitting and dry matter levels have been further assessed.