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Healthy Fruit 2008 Vol. 16:20

Sep 23, 2008

Observations from Belchertown

Nothing unusual to report. Certainly the weather has been favorable for long stretches of picking weather, and it has been slightly below seasonal averages in terms of temperature. (Which is good.) Empire and Jonagold are just ready to be harvested beginning this week. A word about Jonagold -- this is one of the best apples out there, I think it compares favorably with Honeycrisp in terms of eating quality, and is under-planted. Delicious are not ready yet. Mac harvest should be wrapping up this week for sure, and we have reached the point -- at least in Belchertown -- where I would not put McIntosh in CA storage anymore.. Macoun are not ready yet -- they need until at least next week to develop best varietal flavor. Please avoid picking early. But Cortland are ready to go, so pick those this week instead of Macoun.

J. Clements

Apple maturity report

Below are some of my observations on apples we are or have been harvesting in Belchertown.

Harvest date: 16-September

apple
drop
diam. (in.)
% red skin
firmness (lbs.)
Soluble Solids
Starch Index
comments
Honeycrisp
nil
3.3
85
14.7
13.1
7.4
still good to to go, excellent color
Buckeye Gala nil 2.75 99 17.9 14.8 6 too late, should have been picked a week ago

Harvest date: 17-September

apple
drop
diam. (in.)
% red skin
firmness (lbs.)
Soluble Solids
Starch Index
comments
Rogers Red McIntosh
yes
3.2
65
15
12.8
5.6
classic Mac flavor
Brookfield Gala
nil
2.75
98
17.3
13.5
7.3
fruity flavor, a bit mealy, too late

Harvest date: 22-September

apple
drop
diam. (in.)
% red skin
firmness (lbs.)
Soluble Solids
Starch Index
comments
Macoun
nil
3.2
80
15.8
12.6
3.5
wait a week to pick
Redcort Cortland
nil
3.3
95
15.3
13.2
3.9
very nice, pick this week (starch test not useful with Cortland)
Rubinstar Jonagold
nil
3.3
85
16.5
14.8
6.6
ready to go, one of the best Jonagold strains; under-rated apple, should be more planted

Harvest date: 23-September

apple
drop
diam. (in.)
% red skin
firmness (lbs.)
Soluble Solids
Starch Index
comments
Royal Court Empire
nil
2.8
95
18.3
13.8
4.2
almost ready, heavy crop on B.9 trees = small fruit size
Delicious
nil
3.0
100
17.6
11.1
2.1
need another week at least

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