Effect of Plant Characteristics on Wild Blueberry Fruit Loss
Authors: Jameel, W.
Description: Effect of Plant Characteristics on Wild Blueberry Fruit Losses During Mechanical Harvesting Jameel, M. W. 1, Q. U. Zaman1, A. W. Schumann2, T. Nguyen-Quang1 and G. Brewster1 1 Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2N 5E3. 2 Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, Florida, United States. The wild blueberry is a fruit commodity native to northeastern North America. Improved management practices and frequently use of agro-chemicals have changed crop characteristics in last two decades. Currently, wild blueberry industry is facing increased harvesting losses (15-25%) due to changes in crop conditions. This study was designed to examine the effect of plant characteristics on berry losses during mechanical harvesting. Four wild blueberry fields were selected in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in each year, 2011 to 2014. Plant height (PH) and plant density (PD) were classified into four different categories and stem thickness (ST) was used as a covariate. Nine yield plots (0.91
Keywords: Wild blueberry, plant characteristics, harvesting losses and mechanical harvesting
Technical field: Biological Systems Engineering
Conference name: CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, 5-8 July 2015.
Session name: Poster
Citation: Jameel, W.. 2015. Effect of Plant Characteristics on Wild Blueberry Fruit Loss. CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, 5-8 July 2015.
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering