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2012 Apple Maturity Report

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Submitted by Jon Clements, clements@umext.umass.edu

Date cultivar location drop diameter (in.) % red color firmness (lbs.) Brix starch index comments Image
10/4 Gibson Golden Delicious Belchertown few 3.5 (large) NA but hint of orange-pink blush 13 13 6.9 nice, ready to go  
10/4 Mutsu (aka Crispin) Belchertown nil 3.65 (very large) 0 15.3 11 3.9 need another week to develop flaovr  
10/4 Crimson Topaz Belchertown none 3.4 80 15.7 13.1 5.5 ready to pick  
9/24 Liberty Belchertown some + 3.0 90 17 11.8 3.5 ready to pick  
9/17 Rogers McIntosh Blechertown some 3.4 90 12.4 12 5.9 Mac harvest is all but done unless treated with ReTain or for immediate sale  
9/17 Royal Court Cortland Belchertown nil 3.4 90 12.4 12 5.9 does not starch test well, sugars are nice, being picked  
9/17 Rubinstar Jonagold Belchertown nil 3.6 80 15.1 13 5.1 good color, hasn't developed full flavor, start picking  
9/17 Morning Mist Fuji 3.2 nil 3.2 85 13.5 13 6 attractive early Fuji, should be picked ASAP  
9/17 Macoun Belchertown some 3.25 65 15 12 2.9 some push-off, really not ready yet  
9/17 Empire Belchertown nil 3.1 75 16 11 3.5 wait another week for better flavor  
9/4 Lindamac Belchertown some 3.4 70 14 11 4.2 (3.5-6) should be picked ASAP, no ReTain  
9/4 Honeycrisp Belchertown significant 3.25 50 14.6 13 6 (4-7) last or next-to-last pick, no ReTain  
9/4 Buckeye Gala Belchertown nil 3.0 95 17.3 12 4.4
(3-7)
ready for 1st pick of largest fruit, no ReTain  
9/4 Blondee Belchertown nil 3.1 NA 17.1 12 6 nice bright yellow apple with mild Gala-like flavor; should be picked ASAP  
8/31 Silken Belchertown few 2.9 yellow 17.5 12.9 3.6 flavor is good, these had ReTain I believe  
8/31 Snappy Mac Belchertown some 3.2 75 14.9 11.6 4 nice color  
8/28 Blondee Belchertown none 3.1 10 18.3 13.2 4.2 (2-6) nice, ready to pick; this would be a great PYO apple, but needs good thinning  
8/28 Buckeye Gala Belchertown none 2.85 85 21 10 2 not ready to pick, although background color moving
green to yellow; next week
 
8/28 Honeycrisp Belchertown some 3.25 55 17 12 6.5 (5-8) these need to be picked ASAP based on color development  
8/28 Lindamac Belchertown very few 3.2 70 (not intense) 16 9.5 3.8 still not ready really, not seeing much drop yet, what gives? next week will be almost "average" maturity? I don't think Macs like a hot summer, I am seeing some drop on other strains...  
8/28 Minneiska Belchertown nil 3.35 70 14.4 12.7 4.3 barely ready to pick, but very nice red color and appearance,  I would be going for it  
8/22 Buckeye Gala Belchertown none 2.85 70 21 10 2 not ready to pick  
8/22 Minneiska Belchertown nil 3.35 70 14.4 12.7 4.3 barely ready topick  
8/22 Honeycrisp Belchertown few 3.25 55 17 12 6.5 (5-8) ready for 1st pick on color  
8/22 Lindamac Belchertown very few 3.2 70 16 9.5 3.8 not ready  
8/21 Gale Gala Northboro none 2.85 75 20.3 10.4 2.5 (1-5) ReTain  
8/21 Honeycrisp Northboro very few 3.5 37 17 12 3.2 (1-8) ReTain  
8/21 Lindamac Northboro none 3.1 60 17.5 10.8 3.5 (barely) ReTain  
8/21 Rubymac Northboro none 3.2 70 16 10.3 3 2nd-leaf trees  
8/15 Rubymac Stow none 2.95 60 17.7 9.9 2.5 ReTain; very tart  
8/15 Akane Belchertown nil 3.0 75 16.2 12.9 6.5 seem soft, don't eat well?  
8/15 Paulared Belchertown some 3.5 65 13.4 11.7 5 watercore  
8/15 Rubymac Belchertown not yet 3.0 80 18.1 11 3.5 not ready yet despite color  
8/15 Zestar! Belchertown few 3.3 50 13 12.8 4.5 (2-7) 1 with moldy core, ready to spot pick  
8/15 Gingergold Belchertown nil 3.4 0 18.1 12 2 does not starch test well, being picked  
8/15 Sansa Belchertown nil 3.0 50 15 13.4 4.4 (3-6.5) already picked, what was left  
8/14 Zestar! Deerfiled few 3.0 60 14.9 13.9 4.7 (3-6.5) nice looking apple  
7/31 Sunrise (8C-27-96) Belchertown few 3.0 40 16.2 11.6 4 nice in it's season, under-planted  
7/23 Jerseymac Belchertown significant 3.1 40 14 11 4 (2.5-6) uneven maturity  
7/23 Pristine Belchertown few 2.75 yellow 14 (12-21) 12.9 6.5 (3.5-7.5)

Uneven maturity, but mature fruit eat very well