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2014 Apple Maturity Report

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2014 Apple Maturity Report

All observations from Belchertown, MA unless otherwise noted

Questions, comments: Jon Clements 413-478-7219

date Cultivar pre-harvest drop fruit diameter inches color % red firmness lbs soluble solids DA Index starch index comments Image
9/24/2014 Thome Empire none 3.1 95 17.5 12 1.26 3.5 great look, but needs 5-7 more days to develop maturity  
9/23/2014 Rubinstar Jonagold nil 3.5 70 16 13 1.11 5 signs of sunburn/radial watercore; otherwise nice, could start harvest over next week Rubinstar Jonagold
9/23/2014 Royal Court Cortland none 3.6 92 15.4 13.7 1.32 3 nice, good sugar Royal Court Cortland
9/23/2014 Snappymac McIntosh some 3.1 92 15.5 12.5 1.38 4.8 nearing the end of window for CA harvest. although cool temps have preserved maturity and limited drop Snappymac McIntosh
9/23/2014 Honeycrisp some 3.45 60 13.6 11.6 0.54 6.4 wish sugars were a little higher, but in the Honeycrisp sweet spot; harvest immediately assuming red color Honeycrisp
9/23/2014 Macoun nil 3.1 70 18.1 11.3 1.76 3.4 really needs another week to develop varietaly flaovr and quality Macoun
9/23/2014 Buckeye Gala nil 2.9 98 19.4 12.6 0.46 5 on it s last legs Buckeye Gala
date Cultivar pre-harvest drop fruit diameter inches color % red firmness lbs soluble solids DA Index starch index comments Image
9/8/2014 Rogers McIntosh none 3.2 60 16.3 11.5 1.65 3.75 wait for better red color Rogers McIntosh
9/8/2014 Lindamac nil 2.95 80 15.8 10.9 1.75 3.55 start harvest (barely) Lindamac
9/8/2014 Honeycrisp few 3.25 70 15.8 12.6 0.53 6.6 ready to go, 1st pick on red color  
9/9/2014

Rubymac

(Deerfield)

few 2.95 95 17.6 12.2 1.58 4 (3-5.5) nice, ready for pick Rubymac
9/9/2014 Lindamac
(Deerfield)
few 3.0 85 17.4 12.5 1.46 4.1 nice, ready for pick Lindamac
9/9/2014

Honeycrisp

(Deerfield)

few 3.05 65 19.3 13.2 0.46 5.4 1st-pick ready for sure Honeycrisp
9/9/2014

Brookfield Gala

(Deerfield)

none 2.75 90 20.8 12.2 0.16 3.9 good background color, ready for 1st-pick for sure Brookfield Gala
9/9/2014 Gale(?) Gala none 2.9 92 21.5 10.6 1.01 2.6 these are still pretty green, wait another 5-7 days Buckeye Gala
9/9/2014 Buckeye Gala nil 2.9 95 20.2 10.8 0.49 3.8 background color developing, would like to see higher sugar, worthy of 1st pick  
9/9/2014 Blondee nil 3.0 NA 20 11.6 0.31 3.7 (2-7) start pick any time, very nice quality Blondee
date Cultivar pre-harvest drop fruit diameter inches color % red firmness lbs soluble solids starch index DA Index comments Image
9/1/2014 Silken none 2.9 0 18.6 12.3 2-3 0.24 needs another week Silken
9/2/2014 Rubymac none 3.0 95 18.2 11.2 3 1.67 look nice, color is way there but still tart-green, could use another week Rubymac
9/2/2014 Lindamac nil 2.95 80 stripey 16.4 10.7 3.5 1.82 green as grass, need another week Lindamac
9/3/2014 Honeycrisp none 3.3 55 16.6 11.1 3 (1.5-4.5) 0.91 needs another week at least Honeycrisp
9/3/2014 Buckeye Gala none 2.85 85 20.2 9.5 2.5 (1.5-3.5) 0.91 still green, needs another week at least Buckeye Gala
date Cultivar pre-harvest drop fruit diameter inches color % red firmness lbs soluble solids starch index comments Image
8/25 Akane nil 2.85 75 18.5 11.9 3.9 needs another week; significant stem and calyx russet Akane
 
8/25 Minneiska nil 2.95 65 17.3 12.8 3 a tart SweetTango right now, needs another week; some russet Minneiska
8/25 Dandeered significant 3.25 95 14.6 12.1 4 touch of watercore; kind of touchy in terms of drop/maturity, probably should have been already picked Dandeered
8/25 Ginger Gold none 3.25 0, hint red blush 19.6 12.4 2.9 (does not test well) beginning peak Ginger Gold harvest; some signs of sun over-exposure; observed AMF on fruit while picking Ginger Gold
date Cultivar pre-harvest drop fruit diameter inches color % red firmness lbs soluble solids starch index comments Image
8/21 Zestar! few 3.2 50 15.2 13.9 3.5 (barely) ready for first pick Zestar!
8/21 Sansa nil 2.95 65 hint stripe 16.4 12.5 3.5 (2-4) crew picking, not much background green; heavy crop affects eating quality Sansa
8/21 Ginger Gold none 3.25 0-10 hint pink 20.5 12.4 2 (1-3) not quite ready to pick Ginger Gold
8/21 Paulared few 3.3 50 15.4 11.2 3 solid some watercore; tart apple Paulared
8/22 Paulared
(Harvard, MA)
some 3.4 50 13.8 10.8 4 (3-6) fairly sweet juice; 6/10 significant watercore