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June / July 2022

Pre-harvest and Packhouse Practices – Impact on shelf life, fruit quality and market access

SA Fruit Journal: June / July 2022

Fruit quality starts in the orchard, but it's affected by the full scope of production practices. By Natasha Jackson

Production practices that have an effect on fruit quality include fertilisation, irrigation, pest and disease control, as well as light management. They also significantly impact fruit set, fruit size, colour development, rind integrity and internal quality, i.e. Brix, acid and Brix to acid ratio.

The removal of deadwood within the tree has numerous advantages. Deadwood is a host for pests and diseases, and can also injure your fruit during picking and during harsh windy weather.

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