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Appendix 8

SCOUTING REFERENCE TABLE
HORTICULTURE


Situation Where to look When to look What to record
Bloom date Terminals Spring Date of first bloom (10% blooms open) and full bloom (70% blooms open).
Weed control Under trees Weekly Record the density [W-0 (no weeds) - W-5 (full of weeds)], height (in inches), and major weed species in the treated area.
Fruit load Four 3-foot terminals per tree From bloom weekly for five weeks No. of buds, blooms & fruit in a 3 foot section. The 3-foot terminal is measured from the bottom of the previous season's terminal growth down the limb. It does not include any side branches. Divide by 12 and record the no./ft.
Fruit quality Randomly select 2 fruit per sample tree. Weekly starting 3 weeks before harvest Record cultivar, skin color (striped or solid) seed color, soluble solids, fruit pressure, anticipated harvest date. Taste, dark brown seeds, skin color, pressure test in the 16-19 lb. range, Starch-Iodine Test and days from bloom to picking are used to determine optimum time of harvest.
Pack out Grading line While grading See sampling and grading line section




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