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2011-11-18 02:35:24

New model offers practical information for growers, advancements for horticultural research In peach trees, as in other plants, the energy used to create carbohydrates that support growth and development comes from solar radiation through the process of photosynthesis. Peach tree productivity is therefore dependent on the tree's photosynthetic efficiency and effectiveness in distributing and using carbohydrates. A basic knowledge of carbon assimilation and partitioning concepts at the...

2011-03-03 23:28:48

Research provides good news for stone fruit growers Blossom or fruitlet thinning is a labor-intensive part of commercial peach and nectarine production. The use of mechanical string blossom thinners has been shown to reduce labor requirements and improve fruit size in peach crops, but stone fruit producers have needed more information about the range of thinning times. New research from Tara Auxt Baugher and colleagues from The Pennsylvania State University and Penn State Cooperative...

2010-12-29 13:57:58

Prototype increases crop value, reduces labor costs in multi-state trials Peach producers have traditionally relied heavily on hand thinning, a necessary but costly and labor-intensive field practice. Impacted by increasing labor costs and a limited workforce, peach and other stone fruit growers are turning to mechanical methods such as string thinners to minimize the need for hand thinning. A new ''hybrid'' string thinner prototype showed promising results when it was evaluated in four U.S....

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2009-12-11 11:20:53

Mechanical thinner prototype promises savings for producers, superior fruit for consumers As consumer demand for premium fruit increases, growers are being challenged to bring consistently high-quality fruit to market. And to boost their bottom line, orchard owners are experimenting with new techniques that can increase fruit quality while reducing labor costs. Hand thinning, a common practice employed by growers to produce larger, healthier fruit, is among the most labor-intensive of orchard...

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2009-11-04 07:55:18

Mechanical thinning called 'highly valuable,' expected to increase producers' profits Pecan trees, like many fruit trees, have a tendency to bear fruit in cycles, producing a large crop in one or two years, followed by one or two years with little or no crop. This cycle, called "alternate bearing", is the most profit-limiting biological problem facing pecan producers; the inconsistent production pattern creates supply and marketing challenges that can have severe negative effects on the pecan...

2008-10-02 18:00:14

By Laura Nesbitt Mountain View Telegraph Plans for environmental consultants to draft a community wildfire protection document have expanded. The Estancia Basin Watershed Health, Restoration and Monitoring Project uses plots in the Manzano Mountains that are maintained by SWCA Environmental Consultants. "We installed fire monitoring plots in August this year. The thinning monitoring plots were installed last year. One of them was burned in the Trigo Fire," said Victoria Williams,...

2008-07-31 15:00:35

By Laura Nesbitt Mountain View Telegraph Protecting both children and the forest from fire are just two of the goals of a thinning project begun in the East Mountains on July 1. The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is a 128-acre environmental education center covered with pion and juniper, and located in the Sandia Mountains off N.M. 14. T he t h i nn i ng project, administered by New Mexico State Forestry and using funds from the U.S. Forest Service, will treat approximately 90...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.