Soil management, fertilizer use, crop nutrition, cover crops for fruit production, thinning of tree fruit and plant growth regulator information for fruit crops now online.

Publication 360, Fruit Crop Protection Guide, provides pest management information for commercial production of fruit crops including apples, pears, tender fruit, berries, grapes and tree nuts. Product information for chemical tree fruit thinning and plant growth regulators is also included in the crop calendars.

Previous versions of this publication included extensive production information on soil and fertility management, tree fruit thinning and plant growth regulators. All of this content is now available on the OMAFRA website on three webpages: Soil Management, Fertilizer Use, Crop Nutrition and Cover Crops for Fruit Production, Thinning of Tree Fruit and Plant Growth Regulators for Fruit Crops

The Soil Management, Fertilizer Use, Crop Nutrition and Cover Crops webpage includes information on soil and crop nutrition, soil pH, fertilizer requirements, micronutrients, use of cover crops, and tables for interpreting soil and tissue analysis.

Visit the webpage for information on:

  1. Assessing Nutrient Needs
  2. Soil Organic Matter
  3. Soil pH & Liming
  4. Nitrogen
  5. Phosphorus
  6. Potassium
  7. Calcium
  8. Magnesium
  9. Micronutrients
  10. Cover Crops & Building a Healthy Soil
  11. Apple Nutrition
  12. Berry Crop Nutrition
  13. Grape Nutrition
  14. Tender Fruit Nutrition

 

The Thinning of Tree Fruit webpage includes information on hand thinning tree fruit, chemical thinning of apples and pears and thinning under different conditions. If you are missing information that was previously found in Pub 360, it can all be found on this webpage.

Thinning information is available for each of these crops:

  1. Peaches
  2. Plums
  3. Pears
  4. Apples

 

The Plant Growth Regulators for Fruit Crops webpage includes information on plant growth regulators used in fruit crop production to modify plant growth to increase branching, suppress shoot growth, increase return bloom, remove excess fruit, or alter fruit maturity.

Plant growth regulator information is available for each of these crops:

  1. Apples
  2. Pears
  3. Berries
  4. Sweet cherries
  5. Tart cherries

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