High Density Sweet Cherry Processing Block
Project goal: To determine if over-the-row harvesting can be done efficiently in high density sweet cherries producing quality fruit for the processing market.
Project description: In 2018, a high-density sweet cherry block was established at the NWMHRC. This block includes four processing sweet cherry varieties: BlackGold, Emperor Francis, Ulster, and BlackYork and each on two dwarfing rootstocks: Gisela 5 and Gisela 12. The block is planted at 6’ between trees and 14’ rows. Currently, we are training these trees to a tall spindle axe, a system with-out trellising. Data has been collected on trunk cross sectional area and tree canopy and in the future we will harvest this block with an over-the-row harvester and evaluate yield and fruit quality.
Project lead/collaborators: Nikki Rothwell
Funding sources: Michigan Cherry Committee
Start year: 2018
End year: 2028