A Modified Apple Fruit Set Prediction Model to Guide Repeat Thinner Applications 

 ” The Fruitlet Growth Rate Model is a powerful model for predicting fruit set, but adoption of the model has been limited due to real or perceived time constraints and/or a measurement-intensive procedure. We have developed a simplified procedure based on sampling and weighing fruitlets from harvested spurs which generates accurate, real-time predictions of fruit set in apple that were comparable to those achieved with the FGM.

 L. Hillmann, L. Gonzalez Nieto, T. Kon, S. Musacchi, T. Robinson, S. Serra, and T. Einhorn 

Read full article here, Fruit Quarterly (New York State Horticultural Society), Volume 30, Number 2, Summer 2022.