Demonstration sites

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Several demonstration trials, showing novel planting systems, have been established for peach and nectarine.  These trials potentially offer canopy management systems for mechanical pruning and mechanical harvesting.

Mechanical Pruning experiment 

Demonstration 1

This demonstration trial has vase shaped trees representing traditional grower practice.

Nectarinecv. Ice Princess
Planted winter 2014
Rootstock: Nemaguard
Vase tree training
1481 trees/ha

Demonstrations 2 - 6

Video: Tree Trellis experiments for mechanical pruning

Peach tree trellis demonstrations to develop tree shaping for mechanical pruning using tree training methods, Palmette and Cordon.

Demonstration 2

Peach cv. O'Henry
Planted winter 2014
Rootstock: Nemaguard
Palmette tree training
926 trees/ha

Demonstration 3

Peach cv. O'Henry
Planted winter 2014
Rootstock: Nemaguard
Cordon tree training
926 trees/ha

Demonstration 4

Peach cv. Snow Flame 23
Planted winter 2014
Rootstock: Nemaguard
Palmette tree training
926 trees/ha

Demonstration 5

Peach cv. Snow Flame 25
Planted winter 2014
Rootstock: Nemaguard
Palmette tree training
926 trees/ha

Demonstration 6

Nectarinecv. August Bright
Planted winter 2014
Rootstock: Nemaguard
Palmette tree training
926 trees/ha

Video: Dr Mark O'Connell discusses the Cordon versus Palmette stonefruit demonstration site, January 2016

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