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Safj Prof Lee Kalcsits
February / March 2022

Netting in the northern hemisphere

SA Fruit Journal: February / March 2022

How are growers in Washington State using protective nets to improve fruit quality? By Anna Mouton

The US is the second-largest global producer of apples with 70% of their apples coming from Washington State. The main apple-growing areas in Washington State are semi-arid. Summers are characterised by high solar irradiation and temperatures that frequently exceed 30ºC – conditions that promote sunburn.
Tree-fruit physiologist Prof Lee Kalcsits of the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Centre has been helping growers to optimise the application of protective netting to mitigate sunburn. He spoke to Hortgro about his findings.

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