Although there may not be too many of us concerned about excessive crop loads this year because of the February cold event, those that escaped without too much harm done may need to think about it.  Thinning of crop is done for several reasons, most notably to better fruit quality.  However, it also have the added benefit or reducing stress on the vine and improving cold hardiness.  Read this link on the why’s and how’s of crop thinning written by Dr. Patty Skinkis from Oregon State University.

http://www.extension.org/pages/31767/crop-thinning:-cluster-thinning-or-cluster-removal

 

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