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Safj 2023 04 Wind Break Featured
April / May 2023

WINDBREAKS increased focus needed

SA Fruit Journal: April / May 2023

South-easterly winds in the Western Cape in the latter part of the year, can be especially damaging to young mandarin fruit. By Engela Duvenage.

South-easterly winds coincide with the first 12 weeks after mandarin petal drop. When these winds become more intense between October and December, they can cause up to 87% of the severe wind-scar damage seen in a season. However, says Heinrich Geldenhuys, such losses can be minimised with suitable windbreaks or other forms of wind protection, resulting in higher export volumes of quality fruit. Geldenhuys is a junior researcher who graduated in April 2022 with an MSc in Horticultural Science degree from Stellenbosch University (SU).

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